President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday that he “absolutely” will invite North Korean Kim Jong Un to visit the White House.
Trump made his comments at a signing ceremony, during which the two leaders signed what Trump called a “comprehensive” and “historic” agreement, a document that offers North Korea an opportunity for improved relations and security guarantees in exchange for commitment to “the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The president said that the denuclearization process will begin “very quickly.” (RELATED: Here’s What Trump-Kim Jong Un Agreed Upon At Summit)
“He is a very worthy negotiator,” the president said of Kim, further remarking, “We’ll meet many times.” The Trump administration had previously stated that Tuesday’s summit is not a one-and-done deal, with various officials explaining that achieving the desired results will be a process.
He said that he will invite Kim to the White House at the “appropriate time,” further suggesting that Kim is open to such a visit to the U.S. Kim’s right-hand man Kim Yong Chol visited the U.S. earlier this month to become the first senior North Korean official to visit the White House in nearly two decades.
Prior to the landmark summit, which kicked off Tuesday morning with a remarkable handshake between two men who were ready to wage war against one another this time last year, Trump told The Daily Caller that he would “certainly” invite the North Korean leader to the White House if the meeting went well. (RELATED: Trump Says He Might Invite Kim Jong Un To The White House If The Summit Goes Well)
Trump seems particularly pleased with the summit. During a walk with Kim before the signing, Trump told reporters that the summit has gone “better than anybody could have expected,” adding that there has been a lot of progress.
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