On Thursday evening, Mr. Trump disclosed that there was going to be an upcoming announcement about North Korea. He stated that South Korea would be making a “major” statement about North Korea at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Thursday. According to The Washington Post:
‘An ABC News producer tweets that ABC reporter Jon Karl asked Trump privately if the statement will be about talks between the U.S. and North Korea. Trump responded: “It’s almost beyond that. Hopefully, you will give me credit.”‘
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a press conference not long after Trump made that announcement. In the brief meeting, Sanders said that South Korea’s national security adviser would be briefing reporters at the White House Thursday evening. The Post reported:
‘A South Korean delegation has spent hours briefing U.S. officials on the outcome of their recent pathfinding meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.’
On Friday, Trump jumped on Twitter making it known that he still has plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump tweeted:
‘The deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the World. Time and place to be determined.’
On Thursday, the White House announced that Trump would accept an invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un sometime before May. The announcement was somewhat shocking because there was no mention of preconditions for the meeting.
In another press briefing on Friday though, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said:
‘This meeting won’t take place without concrete actions that match the promises that have been made by North Korea.’
Sanders did not further specify though what those conditions might be. South Korean officials did say that North Korea would suspend its ballistic missile testing operations in hopes that it would open talks between the two nations.
This is how Twitter responded to Trump’s talk about the meeting:
Trump tweeted on Thursday night saying:
‘Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!’
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have had a markedly hostile relationship beginning even before the president was even elected, which has included name-calling and threats. During a Republican presidential debate in September 2015, Trump referred to the Kim Jong Un as “this maniac sitting there.”
Trump then made an appearance in February 2016 on CBS This Morning. He said:
‘I mean this guy’s a bad dude – and don’t underestimate him.’
Perhaps, the most infamous speech that most people will remember is in September 2017 when Trump spoke in front of the United States. Trump referred to the North Korean leader as “Rocket Man,” saying:
‘The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.’
Mr. Kim fired back at Trump’s threats not at all holding back his words. Not long after Trump’s UN speech, he called the U.S. president a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.” He said:
‘A frightened dog barks louder. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.
‘Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation. I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.’
The timeline of events is strange to say the least considering the relationship. Will the meeting happen or not?
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