Donald Trump, former US President, reportedly offered North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un a ride on Air Force One, after the summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.
One of the highlights of Donald Trump’s presidency was the historic summit between the then President of the United States and the leader of North Korea in Singapore, marked by a symbolic handshake and the signing of an agreement that promised the world “a big change”.
But no significant progress was made after the February 2019 meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un ended abruptly on the issue of easing sanctions: the United States refused to suspend them until North Korea abandoned its nuclear program.
However, there was a big surprise at the Hanoi summit. According to the BBC, entitled Trump Takes on the World, the former US President “surprised even the most experienced diplomats” with the offer of a hitchhiking to North Korea a Kim Jong-un, no Air Force One.
“President Trump offered Kim a ride home at Air Force One“Said Matthew Pottinger, Asia’s top expert on Trump’s National Security Council. “The President knew that Kim had arrived after a train journey of several days and the President said: ‘I can take you home in two hours, if you want’.”
But Kim Jong-un refused.
If the North Korean leader had accepted the offer, he would have boarded the American presidential plane, but not only: the aircraft would have penetrated North Korean airspace, which would have raised several security issues.
The friendship between Trump and Kim did not last long. Last month, the North Korean said that the United States is his country’s “biggest enemy” and that US policy against North Korea “will never change”, regardless of “who is in power”.
Liliana Malainho, ZAP //