by Daveda Gruber:
President Trump is one for surprises when we least expect them. On Sunday, Trump shook Kim Jung Un’s hand while taking 20 steps into North Korea.
At 3:45 p.m. both men had big grins on their faces as they met in the Demilitarized Zone and crossed the low stone curb separating the North and the South.
On top of the face to face handshake between the two me, they had about a 50-minute meeting behind closed doors. This was a getting back to discussions for the two leaders after their talks broke down during a summit in Hanoi, Vietnam in February. Prior to that, in June, they met in Singapore.
Trump revealed to reporters afterwards that the two leaders had agreed to revive talks on the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear program.
Trump made it clear that “speed is not the object” in trying to reach a deal but that both sides want “to get it right.”
North Korea is hesitant to give up its nuclear ambitions but the rogue nation needs relief from crushing international sanctions.
The talking between Trump and Kim didn’t lead to any sanctions being lifted but the possibility now exists to scale them back as part of renewed negotiations.
Trump told reporters, “At some point during the negotiation, things can happen.” adding that he suggested Kim could visit Washington, D.C., during their discussions.
Trump says he told Kim that, “at the right time, you’re going to come over” and that that could be “any time he wants to do it.”
The president added that he “would certainly extend the invite” and that, “at some point” it will happen.
Trump is now the first sitting U.S. president to step foot inside North Korea. He described it as “a great day for the world.”
On the South Korean side of the zone, Trump and Kim were joined by the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner in the “Freedom House.”
Trump tweeted this out:
It would probably be safe to say that although this was a major event for our president and for the U.S., the mainstream media will find something to complain about.
I find Trump to be a great negotiator and he has excellent instincts. What better way to keep your friends and enemies close than to pop in for an unexpected visit that was planned on a last minute basis?
Is your popcorn ready yet? Mine is. I’ll be watching the show unravel.