President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are meeting for the second day in Hanoi, as both men emphasize patience in the denuclearization process.
expressed optimism for his meeting with Kim, praising their “special” relationship. But he also said both he and Kim are happy with the pace of progress so far. Mr. Trump and Kim are expected to meet Thursday morning. The president also said he would have some form of press conference Thursday.
On Wednesday, some members of the White House press corps werea dinner with Kim and Mr. Trump, after lobbing questions at the president.
Trump says he’s in no rush on denuclearization
“Speed is not that important to me,” Mr. Trump said of denuclearization.
The president added he appreciates no nuclear testing, a line he has said repeatedly in recent days.
“I am in no rush,” Mr. Trump said.
The president, asked by reporters about denuclearization, repeatedly said he’s in no rush.
Trump and Kim sit down
Mr. Trump and Kim sat down for their first meeting, with female translators seated behind them.
Kim said North Korea has made many efforts so far, and so they decided it was time to have this dialogue, despite critics.
Mr. Trump said he thinks over the years they’ll “be together a lot.”
“We had very good discussions last night at dinner and the pre-dinner was very good,” and lots of good ideas are being thrown around, Mr. Trump said.
Most importantly, the president said, he thinks the two leaders have a good relationship.
Trump arrives at meeting location
Shortly before 9 a.m. local time, or 9 p.m. Eastern time, Mr. Trump arrived at the hotel where he and Kim will meet for their full morning of meetings.
Onlookers lined the road, snapping photos as Mr. Trump’s motorcade took to the streets. Security was tight.
Trump and Kim to sign joint agreement
Long before the president’s second day of the summit began, the White House’s schedule said Mr. Trump and Kim would sign a joint agreement.
But it’s unclear what exactly they will be signing. Last year in Singapore, Mr. Trump and Kim signed a document that sketched out their mutual goals.
Mr. Trump will also hold a press conference for reporters.
Here is Trump’s schedule for the day
Hours before Thursday’s meetings, the White House released the president’s schedule as follows. There is a 12-hour time difference between Hanoi and the East Coast.
6 a.m./6 p.m. Out-of-Town Travel Pool Call Time
8:25 a.m./8:25 p.m. THE PRESIDENT departs JW Marriott Hanoi en route to the Sofitel Legend Metropole
8:45AM/8:45PM THE PRESIDENT arrives at the Sofitel Legend Metropole
9:00AM/9:00PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a 1:1 bilateral meeting with the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
9:45AM/9:45PM THE PRESIDENT participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
11:55AM/11:55PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a working lunch with the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
2:05PM/2:05AM THE PRESIDENT participates in a Joint Agreement Signing Ceremony with the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
2:40PM/2:40AM THE PRESIDENT departs Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi en route to the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
3:00PM/3:00AM THE PRESIDENT arrives at the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
3:50PM/3:50AM THE PRESIDENT participates in a press conference
5:15PM/5:15AM THE PRESIDENT departs JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi en route to Noi Bai International Airport
5:55PM/5:55AM THE PRESIDENT arrives at Noi Bai International Airport
6:05PM/6:05AM THE PRESIDENT departs Hanoi, Vietnam, en route to Joint Base Andrews