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2020 Democratic hopefuls slam Trump's meeting with Kim as 'photo opportunity', say he's 'coddling' dictators - Fox News

The candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary put aside their squabbles on Sunday - sort of - to focus on a common enemy: President Trump.

From former Vice President Joe Biden to former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, the Democratic hopefuls derided Trump’s third meeting with North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un – accusing the president of everything from “coddling” dictators to posing for a photo opportunity.

“President Trump’s coddling of dictators at the expense of American national security and interests is one of the most dangerous ways that he’s diminishing us on the world stage and subverting our values as a nation,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said.

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Bates added that Trump’s “conduct reinforces that we urgently need a president who can restore our standing in the world, heal relationships with key allies Trump has alienated and delivered real change for the American people.”

Trump and Kim met in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea and briefly stepped into the north – making him the first sitting U.S. leader to do so.

After asking if Kim wanted him to cross, Trump took 10 steps into the North with Kim at his side, then escorted Kim back to the South for talks at Freedom House, where they agreed to revive the stalled negotiations.

The spectacle marked the latest milestone in two years of roller-coaster diplomacy between the two nations. Personal taunts of "Little Rocket Man" (by Trump) and "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" (by Kim) and threats to destroy one other have given way to on-again, off-again talks, professions of love and flowery letters.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted Sunday that Trump “shouldn’t be squandering American influence on photo ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator. Instead, we should be dealing with North Korea through principled diplomacy that promotes US security, defends our allies, and upholds human rights.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is locked in a close battle for second in the polls with Warren, reiterated his Senate colleague’s “photo ops” comment and added that Trump “weakened the State Department.”

“The concern here is his incredible inconsistencies. I have no problem with him sitting down with Kim Jong Un in North Korea or any place else. But I don’t want it simply to be a photo opportunity, the whole world’s media was attracted there,” Sanders said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”

Sanders added: “What’s going to happen tomorrow and the next day? He has weakened the State Department. If we’re going to bring peace to this world, we need a strong State Department, we need to move forward diplomatically, not just do photo opportunities.”

Another Democratic senator running for president, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, was skeptical that any substantive agreements would come to fruition from Trump’s talks with Kim.

“We want to see a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a reduction in these missiles but it’s not as easy as just going and, you know, bringing a hot dish over the fence to the dictator next door,” Klobuchar said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This is a ruthless dictator and when you go forward, you have to have a clear focus and a clear mission and clear goals.”

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Castro, who has seen a boost in his profile since Wednesday night’s debate, also lambasted Trump for “raising the profile of a dictator like Kim Jong Un” without any substantive gains being made.

"It's worrisome that this president erratically sets up a meeting without the staff work being done,” Castro said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” “It seems like it's all for show; it's not substantive.”

The former Secretary for Housing and Urban Development added: "I am all for speaking with our adversaries, what's happened here is this president has raised the profile of a dictator like Kim Jong Un and now three times visited with him unsuccessfully because he’s doing it backward.”

Kim is suspected of having ordered the killing of his half-brother through a plot using a nerve agent at a Malaysian airport in 2017. Meanwhile, the United Nations said in May that about 10 million people in North Korea are suffering from "severe food shortages" after the North had one of the worst harvests in a decade.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2019-06-30 17:50:07Z
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'Millions march': Sudanese renew protests to demand civilian rule - Aljazeera.com

Tens of thousands of protesters have poured onto the streets of Khartoum and elsewhere as part of mass rallies aimed at pressuring Sudan's ruling generals to hand over power to a civilian-led administration and seeking justice for the scores of victims of a deadly military crackdown.

Dubbed the "millions march", Sunday's demonstrations were the first since security forces on June 3 killed more than 100 people during the bloody dispersal of a protest camp outside the military headquarters, the focal point of the protesters' months-long struggle for democracy.

Protesters who spoke to Al Jazeera, which was banned by the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) from reporting in the country just a few days before the sit-in's dispersal, said there was a "huge turnout" in Khartoum despite a widespread internet blackout.

"They said they wanted to make their demands heard," said Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan, reporting from Juba, the capital of neighbouring South Sudan.

"People are also saying that the military and the riot police are using tear gas, live ammunition and stun grenades to try and disperse the crowd."

'Civilian rule!'

Images posted on social media appeared to show heightened security around the capital, with the feared paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), the group blamed by protesters for the June 3 killings deployed in pick-up trucks mounted with machine guns in several Khartoum squares.

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In the northern Khartoum district of Bahari and in Mamura and Arkweit, in the capital's east, police fired tear gas as thousands of protesters chanted "Civilian rule! Civilian rule!", witnesses reportedly said. Security forces were also reported to have fired tear gas at demonstrators in the eastern town of Gadaref.

Reports also said that a protester had been shot dead in Atbara, the birthplace of the uprising that led to al-Bashir's removal.

The march came as the African Union (AU) and neighbouring Ethiopia stepped up efforts to mediate the ongoing crisis between the protest organisers and the TMC, which seized power in April when it overthrew long-time President Omar al-Bashir in the wake of mass protests against his autocrat rule.

Rights groups have demanded the TMC guarantee the safety of demonstrators but on Saturday, on the eve of the rallies, the ruling generals warned that they would hold the protest movement responsible for any deaths or damage.

RSF chief General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo on Saturday warned he would not tolerate any "vandalism" at the protests.

"There are vandals, there are people who have an agenda, a hidden agenda, we don't want problems," said Dagalo, who is widely known as Hemeti and is also the TMC's deputy head.

'Break barrier of fear' 

In the run-up to the protests, which also mark the 30th anniversary of a coup that had brought al-Bashir to power in 1989, many Sudanese said they feared new violence.

"I expect large numbers ... and it's very possible that security forces will use force," said 25-year-old Mustafa, who gave only his first name for security reasons, adding that he planned to participate.

Talal, 29, added: "Even if only a few rallies take place in Khartoum, they will break the barrier of fear and more people will take to the streets" in the coming days."

Sudan braces for 'millions march' as protesters regroup (3:13)

The umbrella opposition group behind the protest, the Freedom and Change alliance, said demonstrators in Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman would march to the homes of some of the protesters killed on June 3.

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A doctors' group linked to the protest movement said at least 120 people were killed in the crackdown, but officials cited a death toll of 61.

The TMC insists it did not order the sit-in's bloody dispersal but acknowledged "excesses" after orders were given to purge a nearby area allegedly notorious for drug peddling.

AU-Ethiopia joint proposal

Tensions remain high since the sit-in raid, which followed the collapse of talks over who should lead a new governing body - a civilian or soldier.

Ethiopia and the AU have proposed a blueprint for a civilian-majority body, which the generals say could be a basis for resuming talks.

Demonstrators' "right to peacefully protest and express their views on 30 June, or on any other date, remains key", the European Union said.

Amnesty International's Secretary-General Kumi Naidoo said the TMC "must not allow the country to slide back into yet more repression".

"The world is watching."

In the lead-up to al-Bashir's fall, tens of thousands of demonstrators were mobilised through social media, but now protest leaders have to resort to neighbourhood campaigns to keep the movement alive.

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2019-06-30 14:44:00Z
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Harry Kazianis: Trump's unconventional North Korea strategy -- is it worthy of a Nobel Prize? - Fox News

In Washington, D.C.-area Asia circles last week, the rumor mill was buzzing with the news of a possible media event at the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas during President Trump’s visit to South Korea. The other part of that rumor, that Trump would have a third summit, or at least a short meeting, with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, was also floated—but no White House or Blue House officials would commit to anything (well, at least not to me).

But something told me I was not to be disappointed. I held out hope for one reason: Donald Trump’s strategy for dealing with North Korea always involved taking the old rulebook on dealing with the Kim regime and lighting it on fire. What violates such diplomatic decorum more than a meeting planned with little notice and almost no time to prepare? Such a gathering, however, oozes with the potential to get Washington and Pyongyang back on track towards a new type of relations free of nuclear threats. It also hints to the possible elimination of Kim’s nuclear weapons altogether. In other words, it was just too good to pass up for both sides, as I saw it.

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With no risk, and lots of possible rewards, why not give it a shot? Trump’s greatest advantage in dealing with Pyongyang is that he simply does not care about the so-called proper way of conducting diplomacy. His mission, as it has always been, is to keep the American people safe, secure and prosperous. A meeting along the DMZ, even if it was quick and more of a gut check to see where Chairman Kim stood on the all-important question of denuclearization, clearly attempts to advance such an agenda. Trump took a chance for peace, with little downside to trying.

In my humble opinion, the president has done more good on the Korean issue in the last year and a half than President Obama did in eight.

Ever the showman, the president did not disappoint. In a historic gathering where Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea, he met with Chairman Kim jointly with South Korean President Moon Jae-in while also having a separate meeting with Kim. While no major deal was announced, just the sheer act of Trump crossing into North Korea territory is progress itself, a sign that trust is building and that both sides can work towards a brighter future. Remember, history is all about mind-blowing optics that change hearts and minds. Most people can’t recite the details of a certain treaty or document that made history, but they always remember the photo that did. Trump delivered that Sunday.

To be honest, this is a day I never thought I would see in my lifetime. During the dark days of 2017, I thought the chances were high that a nuclear war between America and North Korea could break out at any moment. While no handshake can take the place of full-blown nuclear disarmament, meetings such as these can set the tone where more summits and working level gatherings can take place for both sides to make big gains. We must start somewhere, and the past two summits and now Sunday’s gathering all build trust toward the harder work and agreements that are yet to come.

But, just as in all things that involve President Trump, those who can’t stand his clearly unconventional and unorthodox style as commander-in-chief were quick to lash out. Word from the pundit class—or the so-called foreign policy “experts” in both parties who cheered on the Iraq War, the disaster in Libya or countless other international debacles that cost our nation trillions of dollars and too many American lives—called Trump a fool for doing this.

That’s just flat wrong. While I have always believed progressives take their attacks on Trump too far, I can’t say I agree with everything the president does, either. For one, I am not a fan of Trump’s shoot-from-the-cellphone tweetstorms, going on a rampage on whatever issue has upset him at the time. I do get frustrated when he gets the facts wrong on some of the most basic issues. But on this issue, the idea that he is pulling out all the stops to try and get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and perhaps someday join the brotherhood of nations, is not only smart statecraft, it’s also good common sense.

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Sorry, I won’t let the good outweigh what is merely annoying. In my humble opinion, the president has done more good on the Korean issue in the last year and a half than President Obama did in eight. North Korea is no longer testing nuclear weapons or long-range missiles, and Trump is now apparently pen pals with Kim. Is it all rather strange? Yep. But is it better than a war that would kill millions of people? For sure. And while we have a long way to go before we can declare North Korea is no longer a threat to America, I for one love what the president is doing. And so should the American people.

And heck, if President Obama received a Nobel Prize for nearly nothing, then I think there is only one obvious thing to do, and that’s to make sure Donald Trump receives the award as well.

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2019-06-30 13:48:12Z
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Stephanie Grisham bruised in 'an all out brawl' with the North Koreans - CNN

A source at the scene said Grisham got in "an all out brawl" with North Korean officials as American and North Korean reporters were hustled in to view the summit. Grisham was bruised a bit in the scuffle, the source added.
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Grisham could be seen after the episode directing reporters outside the building in which Kim and Trump met, and she was later seen looking no worse for wear as she accompanied the President at the DMZ.
Trump shook hands with Kim on Sunday and took 20 steps into North Korea, making history as the first sitting US leader to set foot in the hermit kingdom. The encounter at the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone -- their third in person -- came a day after Trump raised the prospect of a border handshake in a tweet and declared he'd have "no problem" stepping into North Korea.
Grisham, who has been the communications director for first lady Melanie Trump for the past two years, was named last week to replace Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary. Grisham will keep her current job too.
The first lady announced Grisham would assume the role of both White House press secretary and communications director on Tuesday, tweeting: "I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director! She has been with us since 2015 - @POTUS & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse. #BeBest"

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2019-06-30 13:32:00Z
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DMZ: Donald Trump steps into North Korea with Kim Jong Un: Live updates - CNN

US President Donald Trump with US service members stationed in South Korea in Osan Air Base.
US President Donald Trump with US service members stationed in South Korea in Osan Air Base. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has told US troops at South Korea's Osan Air Base that his "unexpected" meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "great."

"That's a great country with tremendous potential," the US President said. "I have a good relationship with chairman Kim, they were giving us a great briefing at the DMZ."

As for his walk into North Korean territory, Trump called it a "historic moment and a very good moment."

"Everybody was so happy and many people I noticed from Korea were literally in tears, crying."

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2019-06-30 11:09:00Z
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Donald Trump steps into North Korea with Kim Jong Un: Live updates - CNN

Nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea had appeared to come to something of a standstill in recent weeks ahead of today's historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone (DMZ).

Their last meeting: Trump and Kim last met face-to-face at the end of February in Hanoi, Vietnam. But their second summit ended early without an agreement, with both sides claiming the other over-reached.

In the weeks that followed the collapsed summit, there was little word of any progress between the two sides.

What comes next: Following his meeting with Kim today, Trump said talks would resume, led by special representative Steve Biegun.

Biegun said earlier this month that "the door is wide open" for talks to continue, but noted that "US-North Korean diplomacy has been in something of a holding pattern" since Hanoi.

The focus of previous talks led by his team where on further progress towards North Korean denuclearization. Trump barely mentioned that word when he talked about today's meeting with Kim, however, focusing instead on his personal relationship with the North Korean leader.

Pyongyang's big focus is on getting sanctions relief. Trump said after meeting with Kim that sanctions will remain in place for now, but indicated they could be relaxed if talks go well.

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2019-06-30 09:16:00Z
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Trump, Kim meet at Demilitarized Zone, face-to-face for first time since Hanoi - Fox News

After days of speculation -- and optimistic statements by the two leaders -- President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met and shook hands Sunday at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

It was their first face-to-face meeting since an ill-fated summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February.

Trump arrived at the DMZ shortly before 2 a.m. Eastern U.S. time, accompanied by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. They were shown awaiting Kim's arrival, along with South Korean military members and other officials.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

But before the meeting with Kim was expected to begin, Trump met with some military members and others and was expected to review some relics from the Korean War era.

"We're with you all the way," Trump told the service members, who included both U.S. troops stationed in South Korea as well as South Korean forces.

Finally around 2:40 a.m. ET, the two leaders spotted one another from a short distance apart, then walked toward one another. They met, shook hands, then briefly walked across the border into North Korea before crossing back to the DMZ.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot inside the Hermit Kingdom.

"I was proud to step over the line," Trump told Kim later, inside the Freedom House on the South Korea side, according to the Associated Press. "It is a great day for the world."

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

Kim appeared pleased by the meeting, the report said.

"I believe this is an expression of his willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future," Kim said of Trump, according to the AP. He added that he was "surprised" when Trump extended the invitation on Saturday.

"I believe this is an expression of [President Trump's] willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future."

— Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader

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President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

Earlier, while taking in the view from Observation Post Ouellette at the DMZ before meeting with Kim, Trump told reporters that there has been "tremendous" improvement in U.S.-North Korea relations since the first summit with Kim in Singapore last June.

Later, Trump said he would invite Kim to visit the U.S., and possibly the White House.

"I would invite him right now," Trump said, according to the AP.

Kim, speaking through a translator, said he would invite Trump to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, "at the right time."

It was Trump's first visit to the DMZ, which every president since Ronald Reagan -- except for President George H.W. Bush -- has toured during their time in office, according to the Associated Press. But the elder Bush, who died last year, visited the DMZ while serving as vice president under Reagan, the AP reported.

President Donald Trump views North Korea from the Korean Demilitarized Zone from Observation Post Ouellette at Camp Bonifas in South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump views North Korea from the Korean Demilitarized Zone from Observation Post Ouellette at Camp Bonifas in South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

Earlier Sunday, Moon told reporters that Kim had agreed to meet with Trump. The confirmation came at a joint news conference between Moon and Trump following their brief meeting in Seoul.

"President Trump is the maker of peace in the Korean Peninsula," Moon said in announcing the plan.

"President Trump is the maker of peace in the Korean Peninsula."

— South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Prior to the news conference, both Trump and Kim had expressed hopes that the meeting would be possible. But Trump said earlier Sunday that logistical and security issues still needed to be addressed.

The Marine One helicopter, top, carrying President Donald Trump to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) takes off from Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019, as a staff helicopter prepares en route to the DMZ. (Associated Press)

The Marine One helicopter, top, carrying President Donald Trump to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) takes off from Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019, as a staff helicopter prepares en route to the DMZ. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands following their news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands following their news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

At the news conference, Moon told reporters that Kim had accepted Trump's invitation to meet at the DMZ, the heavily fortified site at the Korean border village of Panmunjom. Trump also offered to be the first U.S. president to step into North Korea.

Trump told reporters he was looking forward to the meeting with Kim, which would follow their previous summits -- at Singapore last June and in Hanoi in February.

Nonetheless, Trump downplayed the significance of the meeting, saying it would be "just a step" in trying to repair the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea and move toward a U.S. goal of nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula.

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Trump is in South Korea visiting Moon after attending the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, where he met with the leaders of China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, among others.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump, Kim meet at Demilitarized Zone, face-to-face for first time since Hanoi - Fox News

After days of speculation -- and optimistic statements by the two leaders -- President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met and shook hands Sunday at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

It was their first face-to-face meeting since an ill-fated summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February.

Trump arrived at the DMZ shortly before 2 a.m. Eastern U.S. time, accompanied by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. They were shown awaiting Kim's arrival, along with South Korean military members and other officials.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

But before the meeting with Kim was expected to begin, Trump met with some military members and others and was expected to review some relics from the Korean War era.

"We're with you all the way," Trump told the service members, who included both U.S. troops stationed in South Korea as well as South Korean forces.

Finally around 2:40 a.m. ET, the two leaders spotted one another from a short distance apart, then walked toward one another. They met, shook hands, then briefly walked across the border into North Korea before crossing back to the DMZ.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot inside the Hermit Kingdom.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

TRUMP HEADS TO DMZ, DANGLING POSSIBILITY OF MEETING KIM AND CROSSING INTO NORTH KOREA

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

While taking in the view from Observation Post Ouellette at the DMZ, Trump told reporters that there has been "tremendous" improvement in U.S.-North Korea relations since the first summit with Kim in Singapore last June.

It was Trump's first visit to the DMZ, which every president since Ronald Reagan -- except for President George H.W. Bush -- has toured during their time in office, according to the Associated Press. But the elder Bush, who died last year, visited the DMZ while serving as vice president under Reagan, the AP reported.

President Donald Trump views North Korea from the Korean Demilitarized Zone from Observation Post Ouellette at Camp Bonifas in South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump views North Korea from the Korean Demilitarized Zone from Observation Post Ouellette at Camp Bonifas in South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

Earlier Sunday, Moon told reporters that Kim had agreed to meet with Trump. The confirmation came at a joint news conference between Moon and Trump following their brief meeting in Seoul.

"President Trump is the maker of peace in the Korean Peninsula," Moon said in announcing the plan.

"President Trump is the maker of peace in the Korean Peninsula."

— South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Prior to the news conference, both Trump and Kim had expressed hopes that the meeting would be possible. But Trump said earlier Sunday that logistical and security issues still needed to be addressed.

The Marine One helicopter, top, carrying President Donald Trump to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) takes off from Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019, as a staff helicopter prepares en route to the DMZ. (Associated Press)

The Marine One helicopter, top, carrying President Donald Trump to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) takes off from Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019, as a staff helicopter prepares en route to the DMZ. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands following their news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands following their news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (Associated Press)

At the news conference, Moon told reporters that Kim had accepted Trump's invitation to meet at the DMZ, the heavily fortified site at the Korean border village of Panmunjom. Trump also offered to be the first U.S. president to step into North Korea.

Trump told reporters he was looking forward to the meeting with Kim, which would follow their previous summits -- at Singapore last June and in Hanoi in February.

Nonetheless, Trump downplayed the significance of the meeting, saying it would be "just a step" in trying to repair the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea and move toward a U.S. goal of nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula.

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Trump is in South Korea visiting Moon after attending the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, where he met with the leaders of China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, among others.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2019-06-30 07:38:32Z
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Highlights from Trump's G20 news conference - Washington Post

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2019-06-29 16:42:05Z
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France weather: Heat wave spreads across Europe - CNN

France is expecting temperatures of 39 degrees Celsius (103 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts on Saturday, a day after it shattered its record mark multiple times in one day.
Spain, which is dealing with the aftermath of a wildfire that tore through 10,000 acres of forest in the country's north-east on Friday, is bracing for temperatures of up to 42 degrees, according to its national meteorological body AEMET. The country is still affected by a "mass of tropical wind coming from Africa'a mass of tropical wind coming from Africa," the agency said.
And the UK saw its hottest day of the year by some distance, with the mercury rising to 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit) and threatening the country's hottest-ever June mark of 35.6 degrees, set in 1976.
Climate crisis: Europe's cities dangerously unprepared for heat wave hell
The hot weather is hitting sporting events across Europe, including the first-ever Major League Baseball game to be played in London. In a sign of how unusual the June heat wave is, organizers at Lord's Cricket Ground in the city even allowed spectators at the World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand to remove their jackets at the pavilion.
At Glastonbury, revelers ditched the mud-proof boots usually associated with Britain's most famous music festival -- and showers at the event were closed to preserve water at the Worthy Farm site.
The continent has been baking in the heat all week, with cities springing into action to prevent it from turning fatal.
French authorities have taken a number of radical steps this week to prevent a repeat of the tragic consequences of the 2003 heat wave that left around 14,000 people dead. Around 4,000 schools were closed in the country on Friday and the opening hours of parks and public swimming pools have been extended.
Paris activated its heat emergency plan last weekend, put together in the aftermath of the 2003 heat wave. Cooling rooms were opened in some municipal buildings and mist showers were installed in the streets in the city, which is seeing temperatures of over 35 degrees on Saturday.
Firefighters put out hot spots on Saturday after a brushfire hit the south on France.
Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic all recorded their highest-ever June temperatures during the week.
And the heat is set to move east in the coming days, with countries including Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary preparing for marks in the mid-30s at the start of next week.
Climate scientists have warned that heat waves such as this one are becoming more frequent and increasingly severe because of the climate crisis. Météo-France, the country's meteorological body, said the frequency of such events is expected to double by 2050.

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5 Takeaways From the G20 Summit: Easing Off the Trade War, for Now - The New York Times

OSAKA, Japan — Before President Trump had even arrived for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this past week, he set the tone by attacking America’s closest allies, including the host country.

By the time he left for South Korea on Saturday, he had shared jokes with President Vladimir V. Putin about getting rid of journalists and about election meddling, surprised his aides with an overture to the leader of North Korea, and announced the resumption of stalled trade talks with China.

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Here are five takeaways from Mr. Trump’s dive back into international diplomacy.

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After meeting China’s leader, Xi Jinping, on the side lines of the G20 summit, Mr. Trump told reporters on Saturday: “We discussed a lot of things, and we’re right back on track” with trade talks.

Mr. Trump also said that the United States would not impose any new tariffs on Chinese exports while the talks were underway, and that China had agreed to resume broad purchases of American farm products and other goods.

The negotiations broke down seven weeks ago, when the Chinese side said that it could not accept some provisions that had been tentatively agreed to in an incomplete draft. The Saturday developments delay the imposition of 25 percent tariffs on some $300 billion in Chinese imports.

In a more surprising move, Mr. Trump backtracked on a ban on sales of American equipment to Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant. “U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” Mr. Trump said, explaining that he wanted to help American companies that had complained about the ban. In exchange, he said, China agreed to buy a “tremendous amount” of American food and agricultural products.

In May, the Commerce Department put Huawei on a blacklist that prohibits American companies from selling equipment to Huawei. The move was a major blow to Huawei, which relies on chips and other equipment from the United States.

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Mr. Trump said on Saturday that he would visit the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea on Sunday and publicly invited Mr. Kim, the North’s iron-fisted leader, to meet him there.

In a post on Twitter, Mr. Trump said he would be happy to see Mr. Kim.

North Korea indicated on Saturday that it would welcome such a meeting.

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“I consider this a very interesting suggestion, but we have not received any official proposal,” Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s first vice foreign minister, said in a brief statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

Mr. Trump’s tweet caught the diplomatic corps and even his own advisers off balance, since his last meeting with Mr. Kim, in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February, ended in dramatic failure. He told reporters that the tweet had been spontaneous. “I just thought of it this morning,” he said. “We’ll be there, and I just put out a feeler.”

In reality, he had been toying with the idea for days. The Hill, a Capitol Hill news organization, reported on Saturday that Mr. Trump had signaled his interest in the idea during an interview on Monday. The White House asked that his comment not be reported because of security concerns.

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No one is more important to Saudi efforts to rehabilitate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi than President Trump, who hosted the de facto Saudi ruler for a personal breakfast on Saturday where he lavished praise on the prince as a reformer opening up his society.

Mr. Trump’s actions sent a powerful signal to the rest of the world and represented a cold-eyed calculation that America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia was more important than the killing of one dissident.

Mr. Trump depicted the prince as a revolutionary figure who is modernizing his country and fighting terrorism. “It’s like a revolution in a very positive way,” Mr. Trump said. “I want to just thank you on behalf of a lot of people, and I want to congratulate you. You’ve done a really spectacular job.”

The president ignored questions from reporters about the prince’s role in the killing and dismemberment of Mr. Khashoggi last October. He also asserted that Prince Mohammed was “very unhappy about” the murder.

Mr. Trump’s own Central Intelligence Agency long ago concluded that the crown prince ordered the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, who was working as a columnist for The Washington Post while living in the United States, and a United Nations investigator recently pointed the finger at Prince Mohammed as well.

Climate change stood out as a clear area of dispute among the world leaders coming into the G20 summit in Osaka. Mr. Trump has signaled that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, while President Emmanuel Macron of France threatened this past week that he would not sign any joint statement unless it dealt with climate change, which he called a “red line.”

In a clear move to prevent the group from splintering, the final statement that leaders agreed to at the summit’s conclusion on Saturday reflected an agree-to-disagree approach. The statement said that those signatories that had confirmed their commitment to the pact at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires last year “reaffirm their commitment to its full implementation.”

But the statement also declared that the United States reiterated “its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because it disadvantages American workers and taxpayers.”

Prime Minister Shinzo of Abe of Japan, the host of the meeting, acknowledged after the end of the final general session that there had been “major differences in opinions” on climate change. “But to hand over a better planet to the next generation is shared by everyone,” Mr. Abe said, adding, “I believe what is important is to deliver outcomes.”

Climate activists expressed disappointment that the G20 had not been able to push for more aggressive targets.

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Even from 7,000 miles away, Mr. Trump kept close tabs on his 2020 Democratic rivals.

The president demonstrated a close familiarity with a dramatic exchange on Thursday between Senator Kamala Harris of California and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Ms. Harris drew favorable reviews, particularly on the left, for her stinging attack on Mr. Biden’s history of opposing school integration through busing and his warm recollections of his work with segregationist senators.

Mr. Trump said he was less impressed: “I thought that she was given too much credit,” he said. “It wasn’t that outstanding.”

Mr. Trump also lashed out at a former president, Jimmy Carter, who had questioned the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s 2016 victory by saying he had “no doubt” that Russia had meddled in the presidential election.

“He’s a nice man. He was a terrible president,” Mr. Trump said in response to a question during a news conference. He added: “I won not because of Russia, not because of anybody but myself.”

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Trump says he is 'extremely angry' about Khashoggi murder, but defends MBS relationship - CNN

"I'm extremely angry and unhappy about a thing like that taking place," Trump said when asked by CNN's Jim Acosta about Khashoggi.
Earlier Saturday, during a working breakfast with the prince, Trump brushed off a question about whether he would raise the subject of Khashoggi's murder.
"Uh," Trump said, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat frowning next to him, "thank you very much."
10 key findings from the report into Jamal Khashoggi's killing
And despite Trump's claim that "nobody has directly pointed a finger" at bin Salman, his own CIA, according to a senior US official and a source familiar with the matter, concluded the Saudi ruler authorized the brutal murder, CNN reported in November 2018. A United Nations report released last week also implicated bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told CNN earlier this month that the UN report into the journalist's killing was "flawed" and denied that Riyadh should accept responsibility for the murder, which he acknowledged was "gruesome." Riyadh has maintained that neither bin Salman nor King Salman knew of the operation to target Khashoggi.
Trump did not answer Acosta's question about whether he mentioned Khashoggi's murder during his breakfast meeting with the prince, but stressed the important relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia.
But when another reporter followed up, the US President clarified that he did mention Khashoggi's murder in his meeting with the prince but said he would "not comment" on intelligence when pressed about the CIA's assessment about the prince's involvement.
"I did mention it to him very strongly," Trump said when asked about raising the brutal murder. "That was a bad event."
"I asked him what was happening," Trump told reporters.
When asked about the CIA's assessment by US intelligence sources that bin Salman authorized the murder of Khashoggi, according to a senior US official and a source familiar with the matter, Trump said he "cannot comment on intelligence."
"We can declassify ... the truth is I don't want to talk about intelligence," Trump said.
Trump more broadly defended his relationships with world leaders, including the Saudis and Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he gets "along with a lot of people."
"I get along with everybody, except you people," Trump told Acosta. "I also get along with people who would be perceived as being very nice."
"I get along with President Putin. I get along with Mohammed," Trump said.

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Trump suspends new tariffs, U.S. and China to restart trade talks - CBS News

Osaka, Japan — President Trump and China's Xi Jinping agreed to restart trade talks on Saturday, averting an escalation feared by financial markets, businesses and farmers. "We're going to work with China where we left off," he said. 

Mr. Trump said existing U.S. tariffs would remain in place against Chinese imports while negotiations continue, but additional tariffs he's threatened to slap on other Chinese goods will not go forward for the "time being." 

Mr. Trump spoke after a lengthy meeting with Xi on the margins of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka. The U.S. president pronounced relations with China "right back on track," but doubts persist about the two nations' willingness to compromise on a long-term solution.

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The apparent truce continues a pattern for talks between Mr. Trump and Xi, who have more than once professed their friendship and hit pause on protectionist measures, only to see negotiations later break down over contentious details.

Eleven rounds of talks have so far failed to end the standoff. The U.S. has imposed 25% import taxes on $250 billion in Chinese products and is threatening to target another $300 billion — a move that would extend the tariffs to virtually everything China ships to the U.S. 

China has lashed back with tariffs on $110 billion in American goods, focusing on agricultural products in a direct and painful shot at Mr. Trump supporters in the U.S. farm belt.

Saturday's meeting between the two leaders was the centerpiece of four days of diplomacy in Asia for Mr. Trump, whose re-election chances have been put at risk by the trade war that has hurt American farmers and battered global markets. Tensions rose after negotiations collapsed last month.

Mr. Trump said the talks with Xi went "probably even better than expected."

Seated across a lengthy table flanked by top aides, both leaders struck a cautiously optimistic tone after they posed for photographs.

"We've had an excellent relationship," Mr. Trump told Xi as the meeting opened, "but we want to do something that will even it up with respect to trade."

Xi, for his part, recounted the era of "ping-pong diplomacy" that helped jump-start U.S.-China relations two generations ago. Since then, he said, "one basic fact remains unchanged: China and the United States both benefit from cooperation and lose in confrontation."

"Cooperation and dialogue are better than friction and confrontation," he added.

China and the U.S. are sparring over the Trump administration's allegations that Beijing steals technology and coerces foreign companies into handing over trade secrets. China denies it engages in such practices. The U.S. has also tried to rally other nations to block Chinese telecom firm Huawei from their upcoming 5G systems, branding the company a national security threat and barring it from buying American technology.

Mr. Trump said Saturday he would allow U.S. companies to sell their products to Huawei, but he was not yet willing to remove the company from a trade blacklist. The move could draw pushback from Democrats and congressional leadership. 

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Trump defends remark to Putin, says meddling came up again 'after that' - CNN

"You have to take a look at the word. I did say it," Trump said during a news conference in Osaka.
On Friday, Trump lightheartedly told Putin, "Don't meddle in the election" when asked by a reporter if the topic would come up during their bilateral meeting. The offhand remark, perhaps an attempt at levity, drew swift criticism.
Trump said he had a "tremendous discussion" with the Russian leader, and suggested it came up again later in their meeting.
"I did say it, and I did discuss it a little bit after that, too," he said.
Trump gives Putin light-hearted warning: 'Don't meddle in the election'
When he made his playful admonishment against election interference, Putin sat beside him laughing. Trump's aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, also smiled.
It was hardly the serious confrontation that many of Trump's critics -- and even some officials in the US government -- have been hoping he'd make ahead of the 2020 contest, which could be vulnerable again to foreign meddling efforts.
Instead, it appeared to be Trump's way of injecting levity into what remains a deeply fractured Washington-Moscow relationship.
In the seven months since Trump last encountered his Russian counterpart, the Russians detained a former Marine on espionage charges and were accused by Mueller in his report of waging a "sweeping and systematic" influence campaign during the 2016 election.
After every meeting and phone call, Trump's critics have accused him of fealty to Putin. In part, their suspicions are rooted in the veiled nature of those sessions, which have sometimes occurred without aides or even American interpreters present.
It's also based on Trump's general unwillingness to criticize Putin, despite his efforts that butt against American interests from the Middle East to Ukraine to election security. As Trump was traveling to the G20 summit, he lobbed criticism at Japan, India and Germany over trade and defense matters -- but not toward Russia.

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As G-20 concludes, Trump tells reporters he 'may or may not' meet with Kim in North Korea - Fox News

President Trump in a news conference Saturday said he doesn’t plan to add new tariffs on Chinese imports but he won’t be lifting the existing tariffs.

The president spoke from Osaka, Japan, where he met with several world leaders, including China's President Xi Jinping, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

TRUMP-XI MEETING AT G-20 'WENT BETTER THAN EXPECTED,' US PRESIDENT SAYS

President Trump calls on a reporter to ask a question during a news conference following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday. (Associated Press)

President Trump calls on a reporter to ask a question during a news conference following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday. (Associated Press)

“These meetings have been great,” he told reporters. He said his meeting with Xi "went better than expected" and that U.S. negotiators would “start where they left off with China.”

He called the country a "strategic partner" and said, “U.S. companies can sell their equipment to" Huawei Technologies, despite the Commerce Department's efforts to blacklist the Chinese company last month over concerns that its products could be used to spy on other countries.

“Trump also said he “may or may not see Kim Jong Un” when he makes his next stop, in South Korea, to visit that nation's President Moon Jae-in. He told Fox News he would “feel very comfortable” stepping into North Korea if the meeting with Kim became possible, but he wasn't concerned if it couldn't happen. He would be the first U.S. president to enter North Korea.

TRUMP'S SURPRISE DMZ INVITE TO KIM JONG UN 'VERY INTERESTING,' NORTH KOREA OFFICIAL SAYS

Trump sent an invitation to Kim on Friday via Twitter, suggesting the two could meet when Trump is in the DMZ with President Moon. A North Korean official reportedly said the invitation was a "very interesting suggestion."

He told reporters any meeting with Kim would just be a "quick hello."

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday. (Associated Press)

When asked if he had spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the killing of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi – a murder the U.S. intelligence community believes the crown prince ordered – Trump said he asked him what was happening.

“There are large numbers of people being prosecuted," he told reporters. He added that the crown prince is “very angry” over the murder, but praised the leader as a "great ally" whose country is fighting terrorism and helping women.

When a reporter challenged his statement that no one had "pointed a finger" at bin Salman, Trump said he couldn't comment on intelligence, but added that "they’re taking it very seriously over there."

TRUMP PRAISES SAUDI CROWN PRINCE AS A 'FRIEND,' DECLINES SAY IF HE WILL DISCUSS KHASHOGGI

Trump also said he had “a great discussion” with Putin and hopes the U.S. will do more trade with Russia in the future.

A reporter pressed him on whether he asked Putin to stay out of U.S. elections beyond a seemingly joking rebuke Friday. Trump said he “discussed it a little bit after that,” but the Russian president "denies it totally.”

The president called Turkey a "friend" and said he and President Erdogan would "look at different solutions" in Turkey's planned purchase of a Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

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The president covered various other topics in the hour-long news conference, weighing in on the Democratic debates, immigration and a remark Jimmy Carter made about his legitimacy before leaving for South Korea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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As G-20 concludes, Trump tells reporters he 'may or may not' meet with Kim in North Korea - Fox News

President Trump in a news conference Saturday said he doesn’t plan to add new tariffs on Chinese imports but he won’t be lifting the existing tariffs.

The president spoke from Osaka, Japan, where he met with several world leaders, including China's President Xi Jinping, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

TRUMP-XI MEETING AT G-20 'WENT BETTER THAN EXPECTED,' US PRESIDENT SAYS

President Trump calls on a reporter to ask a question during a news conference following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday. (Associated Press)

President Trump calls on a reporter to ask a question during a news conference following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday. (Associated Press)

“These meetings have been great,” he told reporters. He said his meeting with Xi "went better than expected" and that U.S. negotiators would “start where they left off with China.”

He called the country a "strategic partner" and said, “U.S. companies can sell their equipment to" Huawei Technologies, despite the Commerce Department's efforts to blacklist the Chinese company last month over concerns that its products could be used to spy on other countries.

“Trump also said he “may or may not see Kim Jong Un” when he makes his next stop, in South Korea, to visit that nation's President Moon Jae-in. He told Fox News he would “feel very comfortable” stepping into North Korea if the meeting with Kim became possible, but he wasn't concerned if it couldn't happen. He would be the first U.S. president to enter North Korea.

TRUMP'S SURPRISE DMZ INVITE TO KIM JONG UN 'VERY INTERESTING,' NORTH KOREA OFFICIAL SAYS

Trump sent an invitation to Kim on Friday via Twitter, suggesting the two could meet when Trump is in the DMZ with President Moon. A North Korean official reportedly said the invitation was a "very interesting suggestion."

He told reporters any meeting with Kim would just be a "quick hello."

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday. (Associated Press)

When asked if he had spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the killing of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi – a murder the U.S. intelligence community believes the crown prince ordered – Trump said he asked him what was happening.

“There are large numbers of people being prosecuted," he told reporters. He added that the crown prince is “very angry” over the murder, but praised the leader as a "great ally" whose country is fighting terrorism and helping women.

When a reporter challenged his statement that no one had "pointed a finger" at bin Salman, Trump said he couldn't comment on intelligence, but added that "they’re taking it very seriously over there."

TRUMP PRAISES SAUDI CROWN PRINCE AS A 'FRIEND,' DECLINES SAY IF HE WILL DISCUSS KHASHOGGI

Trump also said he had “a great discussion” with Putin and hopes the U.S. will do more trade with Russia in the future.

A reporter pressed him on whether he asked Putin to stay out of U.S. elections beyond a seemingly joking rebuke Friday. Trump said he “discussed it a little bit after that,” but the Russian president "denies it totally.”

The president called Turkey a "friend" and said he and President Erdogan would "look at different solutions" in Turkey's planned purchase of a Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

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The president covered various other topics in the hour-long news conference, weighing in on the Democratic debates, immigration and a remark Jimmy Carter made about his legitimacy before leaving for South Korea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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