Informed sources revealed that former US President Donald Trump invited North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, to board his presidential plane after their meeting at the Vietnam Summit in 2019, but the latter refused.
This show and other details about Trump’s unusual relationship with Kim were revealed in the third and final part of the BBC documentary series “Trump Takes On the World”.
Trump and Kim held their historic second meeting in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, to negotiate North Korea’s nuclear program. The summit ended with the two leaders failing to agree on what Kim would be willing to give up in exchange for easing sanctions on his country, as Trump told reporters: “Sometimes you just have to walk.”
The documentary revealed that Trump apparently left things on more friendly terms, and Matthew Pottinger, chief Asia expert at Trump’s National Security Council, told reporters, “Trump offered Kim to travel on Air Force One.”
Trump knew that Kim arrived on a train journey that took several days through China to Hanoi, and said, “I can get you home in two hours if you want,” but the North Korean leader rejected the offer.
Pottinger said the “kind gesture” astonished Kim and other officials, who witnessed it, but it wasn’t the only baffling conversation between Trump and Kim.
Former National Security Adviser John Bolton appeared in the documentary series and spoke about the “friendship” that bound the two leaders after their first meeting in Singapore in June 2018.
“Trump thought he had a new best friend,” Bolton said. Bolton spoke of another worrying case, when Trump informed his team that he agreed to Kim’s request to cancel the joint periodic military exercises between the United States and South Korea.
“Kim Jong Un, as he has done many times in the past, complained about the large joint exercises between South Korea and the US forces, which have been taking place on the Korean Peninsula for nearly 60 years,” Bolton added.
He continued: “Trump said I will cancel the war games. There is no need for it, it is expensive and it will make you happy.” And Bolton explained: “I did not believe it. But he did not consult us and took the decision alone. “
“It simply came from Trump’s own mind. It was an unintended mistake. It was a concession that we got nothing in return for,” he said.
The series of documents also provided new details about how to arrange the first meeting of Trump and Kim in 2018. At the time, Trump’s willingness to sit down with Kim was a surprise to many, especially after he threatened to unleash “fire and anger” on North Korea and ridiculed Kim as a “man.” Rockets. “
Jeff Feltman, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, revealed that he had sent a “secret message” to Kim with Trump offering to hold a meeting.
Feltman explained that the North Korean government invited him to visit Pyongyang, and the US State Department did not initially think he should accept.
A few weeks later, Feltman said, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the White House to discuss the invitation.
“Trump and Guterres were comparing observations about what was happening, what might be possible, how dangerous it was, how likely a military response was, and all that kind of thing,” he added.
Secretary-General Guterres told the US president, “Jeff Feltman received this strange invitation to go to Pyongyang and lead a political dialogue with the North Koreans.”
Trump leaned towards him and said, “Jeff Feltman should go to Pyongyang and Jeff Feltman should tell the North Koreans that I am willing to sit down with Kim Jong Un.”
As a result, Feltman traveled to Pyongyang and transferred Trump’s offer to the North Korean foreign minister. There was some silence before the Secretary of State said, “I don’t believe you, why do I believe you,” and Feltman replied: “Look, I’m not asking you to believe me. What I’m telling you is that the United Nations entrusted it with a letter from President Trump, I am the bearer of that message.” “.
“I went to Pyongyang with deep concern, given this feeling that war was imminent. I left Pyongyang terrified that what we really risked was an accidental war,” he added.
Several months passed without a response from Kim, before he informed the North Korean leader of his desire to meet Trump.
Trump’s national security adviser at the time, HR McMaster, said he was shocked when he sent his Korean counterpart, Chung Eui Young, the acceptance response to the White House.
Source: Daily Mail
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