Trump says he wants to hold next Kim summit after midterms

Trump says he wants to hold next Kim summit after midterms
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE told reporters Tuesday that he aims to hold his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after the November midterms.

"I just can't leave now," said Trump, who has stepped up his campaigning for Republicans as Election Day approaches.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoEngel: IG report shows Pompeo's 'sham' use of emergency declaration in arms sales Overnight Defense: Trump pushed to restore full National Guard funding | Watchdog faults Pompeo on civilian risk of Saudi arms sales Pelosi on 'disturbing situation' in Hong Kong: 'The world is watching' MORE met with Kim earlier Sunday and had a conversation that Pompeo described as "good, productive" toward Pyongyang giving up its nuclear capabilities.

"As President Trump said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today," Pompeo said of the meeting. "It was another step forward."

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After he left the meeting, Pompeo told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Kim is ready to meet with Trump "as soon as possible," according to Moon's office.

The president touted the countries' improving ties after his first summit with Kim earlier this year, but has reportedly become frustrated with the lack of forward momentum toward denuclearization.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho warned late last month that the country will not relinquish its nuclear capabilities until it has "trust in the U.S."