BREAKING: President Trump Meets With North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un

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Posted: Jun 11, 2018 9:09 PM
BREAKING: President Trump Meets With North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un

UPDATE: The one-on-one meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim has ended. The bilateral meeting with additional aides from both sides has begun.

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United States President Donald Trump has officially met and shaken hands with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un at Capella Hotel in Singapore. This is the first time since 1953 a U.S. president has met with the leader of North Korea.

Chairman Kim, wearing his signature black suit, arrived at the hotel first at 8:53 am local time. President Trump, wearing a red tie, arrived shortly afterward.

They walked to a red carpeted, white colonnade area of the hotel separately and met in front of North Korea and United States flags. They shook hands at 9:04 am and turned to their right. 

"Nice to meet you, Mr. President," Kim said.

Kim walked first with Trump closely behind. Two interpreters met them in the hallway and went with them to a meeting room. Reporters were allowed in for a brief statement from Trump and Kim, then the two leaders proceeded to their private meeting. 

“I feel really great. It’s gonna be a great discussion and I think tremendous success," Trump said. "I think it’s gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt.”

"Well, it was not easy to get here," Kim said. "There were obstacles but we overcame them to be here."

The private meeting between Trump and Kim is scheduled for 45-minutes. After that, senior White House aides and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will enter the room for an expanded bilateral meeting and working lunch.

When the summit is over, President Trump will give a press conference to local and traveling press. He will leave Singapore around 8 pm local time in route back to the United States.  

 

This is a breaking story, stay tuned for updates. This post has been updated with additional information.