Trump became the first sitting president to step into North Korea. Kim Jon Un accepted a last-minute invite from Trump.
The moment President Trump meets Chairman Kim at the DMZ and becomes the first sitting President to enter North Korea: pic.twitter.com/VwqGAEmmxz— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 30, 2019
The Wall Street Journal reports Trump Steps Into North Korea as Two Sides Agree to Restart Nuclear Talks
Mr. Trump then became the first sitting U.S. president to step inside North Korea, calling it a great honor and stopping for photos. The two walked some 19 steps into the North, then returned to the boundary—where the president posed a question to Mr. Kim.
“Would you like to come over?” he asked.
Mr. Kim agreed, and made an unexpected visit to the “Freedom House” building on the South Korean side.
There he sat down with Mr. Trump and answered several questions, saying he had been surprised by the last-minute U.S. request to meet.
The two leaders, joined by several members of their nuclear teams, then headed into a closed-door meeting that lasted nearly an hour. They emerged with the commitment to jump-start nuclear talks, which had stalled after February’s summit in Vietnam ended abruptly without a deal.
“We’re not looking for speed. We’re looking to get it right,” Mr. Trump said after the meeting. “We’re on a very good path. This was a terrific day.”
President Trump: "I actually stepped in with Chairman Kim -- I stepped in to North Korea and they say, and they say that's a historic moment... Many people, I noticed, from Korea were literally in tears crying. Crying, because this big thing. It's a big thing." pic.twitter.com/P5uEtThqNK— The Hill (@thehill) June 30, 2019
The meeting was supposed to be brief but lasted over an hour.
Newsweek called it a "Clown Show"
"What a clown show": Trump's DMZ meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un prompts divided reactions from leaders, expertshttps://t.co/k4VvC6NwBv— Newsweek (@Newsweek) June 30, 2019
"Ex-State Dept official confirmed Trump approved $2M to be paid to N Korea for Otto Warmbier's release," said noted Trump critic @funder. This SHOULD end his presidency. It's grotesque."#TrumpRewardsOttosMurdererhttps://t.co/2xFw9aUast— Grant Stern (@grantstern) June 30, 2019
Washington Post Blasts Trump
This president of the United States is in the business of enabling and propping up murdering dictators, and the only profit seems to be the minor personal compliments that they give him. Kim Jong Un hasn’t conceded anything to deserve this kind of gesture. https://t.co/e67jTcD2wn— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 30, 2019
Trump meets with Kim Jong Un at the DMZ and becomes the first US president to enter North Korean territory. On a lighter note: Two power-hungry narcissists walk into a bar in North Korea... pic.twitter.com/krwK2JREqE— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 30, 2019
One can question Trump's motives, but this was a good move.
He should try the same with Cuba and Iran. Tariffs and sanctions have gotten Trump nowhere.
But roadblocks remain. North Korea wants sanctions removed first, the US wants to see progress first.