President Trump bragged Friday afternoon that he received “a very nice letter” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, then admitted minutes later that he had not yet opened or read the contents of the letter.
“I haven’t seen the letter yet,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “I purposely didn’t open the letter. I haven’t opened it. I didn’t open it in front of the director. I said, ‘Would you want me to open it?’ He said, ‘You can read it later.’ I may be in for a big surprise.”
Moments after saying he received "a very nice" and "very interesting letter" from Kim Jong Un, Trump said he hadn't actually opened the letter. pic.twitter.com/gIRbRbNGcV
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) June 1, 2018
Kim Yong Chol, a close confidant of the North Korean leader and Pyongyang’s top nuclear weapons negotiator, hand-delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump during an Oval Office meeting on Friday. Chol is the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the White House in 18 years
After the 80-minute meeting, Trump emphasized that Friday’s 80-minute meeting with Chol was meant only to deliver the letter but ended up lasting as long as it did because they discussed “almost everything.” He added that the summit he canceled a week ago would be happening June 12 in Singapore as originally scheduled.
“This was a meeting where a letter was given to me by Kim Jong Un, and that letter was a very nice letter,” Trump said. “Oh would you like to see what was in that letter.”
Asked by reporters for a “flavor” of the letter, Trump said it was a “very interesting letter.”
“At some point I maybe, it may be appropriate I’ll be able to give it to you, you’ll be able to see, and maybe fairly soon,” he continued.
Later, he admitted that he hadn’t read it.
Trump, 10 minutes ago: It was a "very nice letter” that he received from Kim Jong-Un.
Trump, now: I haven't opened the letter yet: "I may be in for a big surprise folks."
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) June 1, 2018
President Trump says letter from Kim Jong Un was "very nice" and "very interesting," but says not yet appropriate to share details from the letter.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 1, 2018