Trump says he and Kim Jong Un see 'eye to eye'

Trump says he and Kim Jong Un see 'eye to eye'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE on Sunday night said that he and Kim Jong Un "see eye-to-eye" but that he's not in a hurry to get the North Korean leader to abandon his nuclear arsenal during this week's summit.

Trump told attendees at the Governor's Ball that he's told Kim the country could flourish economically, but that "you can't do that if you're going to keep nuclear."

"And we see eye to eye, I believe, but you'll be seeing it more and more over the next couple of days, one way or the other," Trump said.


"What's going to happen, I can't tell you. I don't want to rush anybody, I just don't want testing," Trump added. "As long as there's no testing, we're happy."

Trump on Monday will depart for Hanoi, Vietnam, where he will meet with Kim on Wednesday and Thursday. It marks the second summit between the two leaders as the U.S. continues its push to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Trump has expressed optimism about the upcoming meeting, touting his relationship with Kim and emphasizing that he believes the Hermit Kingdom could emerge as an economic power if it agrees to denuclearize. He has cited North Korea's proximity to Russia and China in making that argument.

The president first met with Kim last June in Singapore. While Trump hailed the event as an unmitigated success and declared North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat, critics noted that the summit produced no concrete commitments or timelines for Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear arsenal.

Trump has also drawn criticism for speaking glowingly about Kim, who is accused of numerous human rights violations. The president has praised Kim as "someone who loves his people" and told supporters at a rally last year that the two men "fell in love."