19 April 2018Hot off the Press
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US President Donald Trump has confirmed that CIA director Mike Pompeo made a secret trip to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong-Un last week.
On Wednesday, President Trump wrote on Twitter that the meeting “went very smoothly” and that “a good relationship was formed”.
Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
The Washington Post, which first reported the meeting, revealed that it took place over the Easter weekend, over two weeks ago and shortly before Mr Pompeo was nominated to become Secretary of State.
The president disclosed on Tuesday that his administration has not agreed on a date for a meeting between Mr Kim and Mr Trump, however he revealed that it would occur during late May or early June.
Mr Trump also told White House reporters that there are five potential locations currently being considered.
The president shocked many when he accepted Kim Jung-Un’s offer to attend a summit.
“If I think that it’s a meeting that’s not going to be fruitful, we’re not going to go,” Mr Trump said during a conference at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida while standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. “If the meeting, when I’m there, is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting.”