Donald Trump Offered Kim Jong Un a Ride on Air Force One
Ex-President Donald Trump was so desperate to maintain the spark with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un as their denuclearization talks in Hanoi, Vietnam collapsed that he offered to chauffeur Kim to the United States on board Air Force One, according to a new BBC docuseries called Trump Takes on the World.
“Sometimes you just have to walk,” Trump said after abruptly abandoning the negotiations. But Trump, who later claimed that he and Kim “fell in love,” reportedly had one more card left to play.
“President Trump offered Kim a lift home on Air Force One. The president knew that Kim had arrived on a multi-day train ride through China into Hanoi and the president said: ‘I can get you home in two hours if you want.’ Kim declined,” Matthew Pottinger, the top Asia expert on Trump’s National Security Council, told the BBC in the third and final episode.
Trump had also offered to cancel joint military exercises with South Korea because “he thought he had a new best friend” in Kim, former National Security Adviser John Bolton recalled:
Kim Jong-un, as he had many times in the past, complained about the big joint exercises between South Korea and American forces, which had been going on on the Korean peninsula for about 60 years plus. Trump, out of nowhere, said, ‘I’m going to cancel the war games [as he called them]. There’s no need for them, they’re expensive and it will make you happy.’ I couldn’t believe it. [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo, [Chief of Staff John] Kelly and I were sitting there in the room with Trump and we weren’t consulted. It came simply from Trump’s own mind. It was an unforced error; it was a concession for which we got nothing in return.