Hanoi Summit Update: Chairman Kim Arrives in Vietnam, POTUS Trump refuels in England…

Hanoi Vietnam is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Time.  Approximately an hour ago Chairman Kim Jong-un arrived via train in Dong Dang, Vietnam, and is en route to his Hanoi hotel.  At approximately the same time Air-Force One was completing a refueling in England (RAF base Mildenhall, just Northeast of London).  Next stop, Hanoi.

Chairman Kim Jong-un arrives in Vietnam

On Tuesday Evening (US EST) / Wednesday Morning (local), POTUS’ schedule looks to begin with the first event at 11 a.m. (local) 11 pm U.S. EST.

• Greeting with the president Nguyễn Phú Trọng, of Vietnam.
• Expanded bilateral talks with Vietnamese delegation.
• Commercial trade signing event.
• Photo op with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam
• Expanded bilateral meetings and working lunch with the prime minster of Vietnam

Then, Wednesday evening (local) / Wednesday morning (US EST), President Trump will take part in his first meetings with North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un.

  • Anticipate a one on one bilateral and greeting with Kim Jong-un
  • Then a social dinner (Trump, Kim + 2 officials from each delegation).  Reportedly President Trump will be joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.  Chairman Kim will reportedly bring Vice Premier Kim Yung Chol and a third, yet unknown, associate.

Happy Chairman Kim  aka “Little Rocketman”, aka “little panda”, aka “hostage”.

Video of Chairman Kim arriving in Dong Dang, Vietnam:

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189 Responses to Hanoi Summit Update: Chairman Kim Arrives in Vietnam, POTUS Trump refuels in England…

  1. Don McAro says:

    aka Hostage…LOL too funny

    Liked by 9 people

  2. Zaza says:

    WoW, what a busy day!

    Gaddamit our MAGANificent Orange Basstrd is one go getter!

    Salute to the greatest POTUS and Commander in Chief of our time!

    Liked by 7 people

  3. JustSomeInputFromAz says:

    Godspeed Mr. President!

    Liked by 7 people

  4. ms doodlebug says:

    I am really uncomfortable when President Trump is out of the country. I feel like he is too exposed.

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  5. Mari in SC (thankfully no longer MD) says:

    I need to brush up on geography. I would have thought it quicker to go west, not east, to get to Hanoi.

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  6. sundance says:

    Chairman Kim’s interpreter be like: “oh shit”….

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  7. sundance says:

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  8. ecmarsh says:

    Hit Faux News this evening and some dink stated a pole that 67% of the population thinks we should go to war with North Korea.
    You reckon they polled 67% of the people that never went to war?
    I don’t know why I even turn that crap on. Need to stick with Glutton TV.

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  9. trapper says:

    Look closely just before he gets in the car. I don’t think that’s Kim. Anyone able to do facial recognition on this and an older photo?

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    • yucki says:

      _Nobody_ does facial recognition[*] like the Chinese.
      If there are body-doubles – and of course there are – they won’t be easily parsed by casual observers watching mass-distributed media.

      [*] “Facial recognition” is an umbrella terms. Just about every feature is covered, from iris to gait. Scary technology, widely deployed domestically and exported to a host of nations. It’s useful for, among other things, extraordinary renditions.

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      • trapper says:

        I may be a couple years behind the times, but last I read the best facial recognition system was still the human eye and brain, with FR software almost as accurate, at comparing two photos in determining if they are the same person. A vid capture from this and a photo from a year ago should be a piece of cake. I say it’s not him. Close, but not.

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    • WSB says:

      Do you see the really red hand?

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  10. yucki says:

    He’s back in his pajamas.
    Watch, this timely BOOST will perk him right up!

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  11. Carson Napier says:

    Chairman Kim’s unofficial arrival –

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  12. necsumadeoinformis says:

    Xi not having a good week haha. From BBC:

    “A Taiwanese games company has had its latest release pulled from mainland China, after players noticed subtle references mocking Chinese President Xi Jinping, including comparing him to Winnie the Pooh.

    Red Candle Games released Devotion, a first-person horror game set in 1980s Taiwan, on games platform Steam on 19 February.

    The game quickly went viral after players spotted so-called “easter eggs” and publicised them. However online discussion has since been censored.

    An “easter egg” is a hidden message or joke in a computer game, normally only picked up by some players paying close attention.

    Red Candle Games has apologised, saying it will refund offended users.”

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    • Zaza says:

      ok here’s a computer gaming story for you, AND IT’S ALL TRUE.

      Recently a professional Korean(south) Starcraft player, and these guys(and girls) can make between 100k to 200k USD per annum in case you think it’s a joke, decided he would do his mandatory service. I was reminded of this because the talks of Korea and the fact that South Korea has mandatory military service for all males which is ONE OF THE REASONS I take supporting South Korea seriously,(because they take it serously too).

      Anyway the kid was about 18 or 19 and decided to take a break from Starcraft to put in his mandatory 2 years(iirc) and get it done, here is the kicker, after he finishes at the ripe old age of 21 HE MAY BE TOO OLD to competitively play in the top Starcraft league. Isn’t that something, over the hill at age 22 to compete in your sport, reminds you of female gymnasts somewhat I guess.

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  13. TMonroe says:

    All I can think of is a latter-day exposé saying “at this point, the president’s arrival onto U.K. soil enabled secret surveillance by Pip Pip Branch…”

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  14. flyboy51v says:

    He is definitely HIGH ENERGY and not a loser. LOL

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Perot Conservative says:

    And when is the new trade deal with Japan?

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  16. grlangworth says:

    The people at risk here are the Vietnamese. They have so much to gain from a positive experience, it validates their history.

    Liked by 4 people

  17. ganesh says:

    I have a crazy take on this – was thinking too much obviously.

    What if Britain and France had intervened heavily instead of lightly on the side of the Confederacy in our Civil War? Landed troops and staved off the Union? And it had ended instead in a stalemate? Then for three generations, we had Jefferson Davis Juniors dictating events in the south, and exploiting slavery, building weapons, etc., etc., And there is a war going on for 75 years, at low volume, while the south and all its denizens suffer horribly.

    And then, after years of foreign meddling, suddenly there is a way out, a way to end this horror, someone who comes along and says enough, this is BS, there is no reason for this anymore! You both may prosper!

    I kinda think that is what the Koreans feel on both sides. Albeit the slave part of the metaphor is kinda weak what with some xenophobia and all, but still. All my Korean friends have family in the south and relatives they pray for in the in the North.

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  18. Sparty says:

    Heck. This one is gonna be fun. Does anyone not see the magnitude of what is happening here with respect to what Trump has been able to accomplish with Vietnam, so quickly. And now he leveraged that accomplishment and the world will be a better place if it goes down.
    I guarantee the Vietnamese are loving Trump. The way we do. They are craving respect and now they get it. Hungry and resource rich-What a perfect partner to help launch Kim’s fledgling new economy. And Vietnam HATES China. It’s deep. They know the Panda is a mask as well. Trump is there to back it all. Kim can trust Trump. Because the motive is pure and the path for Kim creates a repackaging/rebranding opportunity he will never see again.

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  19. Kristin says:

    Godspeed my President!

    Liked by 2 people

  20. sundance says:

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    • SmurfetteX says:

      Very picturesque and lovely! It’s important for such a monumental meeting.

      Liked by 1 person

    • WSB says:

      “There is a luxury brand store with Fendi, Dior, Gucci across the street from the Melia hotel where Kim Jong Un is thought to be staying for #HanoiSummit and where (mostly South Korea) press corps has staked out hours before his arrival.”

      Do we realize that most of us who might have had a thought about this type of luxury are no longer buying in?

      Most of us could care less about the class warefare. And the class.

      And we still know who to defend. Donald Trump, the President of the United States.

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      • SmurfetteX says:

        I agree about the obnoxious luxury brand names. I ignorantly bought a Gucci last year and will rip the stealthy nazi-shaped 4G metallic adornment off the zipper.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Peoria Jones says:

        I’m all for people spending their money however they wish, even if I find it wasteful and superficial. But I do sometimes wonder about FLOTUS’s nearly $10,000 handbags and boots, which get used perhaps several times at most. Does she donate these things afterward – do you have any idea what happens to them?

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        • WSB says:

          PJ, Melania purchases all of her clothing, albeit at discounted prices I expect.

          Most designers see someone like The First Lady as their advertising mannequin, so we do not know what she pays.

          And I expect she probably donates, unless pieces are made ready for the library or museum shows.

          I remember going to a wonderul show at the Met Museum of. Art of Jackie Kennedy’s collection. It was an extraordinary show. And gave much insight to the inner-workings of her time at the White House.

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    • Is that a black tarp over the whole building across the street?? Looks like it.

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  21. emet says:

    In addition to knowingly leaving behind hundreds of our POWs, a few of whom could still be alive in Vietnam or Laos, Nixon snd Kissenger also left behind a lot of ordnance. Vietnam tried to sell some, snd probably did, but much of it was .45 (e.g M-3 greasegun) or .30 and .50., calibers not used much execept by the US. When something is packed in cosmoline, it has a very long shelf life.

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  22. MfM says:

    I’m someone who noticed things. The video of Trump leaving for this trip was different than I expected. First he appears to have driven to the airport, I know it was windy in parts of the East coast, but the other thing was odder.

    They didn’t use the external stairs, but the lower internal ones. That might have been done to save time, or for security since they could park anywhere. It just felt odd, sort of hurried, maybe because of the later time he left. I think staying was a great move, and shows how much he can pack in a day.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Ellsaf says:

      Couple that with the bringing of extra plane parts, weird. I have friends in the airline business, telling me something was up last week, much tighter security than usual.

      Like

    • WSB says:

      We have had the most frightening windstorm overnight. And I am 60 miles north of NYC. It just ended mid day today.

      Like

  23. Troublemaker10 says:

    Hoffman says it is all about ascertaining Kim Jong Un’s willingness to show tangible results and gives some specific examples.

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  24. Troublemaker10 says:

    Shadowy ex-North Korean intelligence chief emerges as key to Hanoi summit
    Kim Yong Chol emerges as central player in nuclear drama
    http://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/24/kim-yong-chol-kim-jong-un-aide-aims-outwit-trump-n/?__twitter_impression=true

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    • WSB says:

      From the article…

      “But Kim Yong-chol will also act on Kim Jong-un’s orders, no matter what they are. “The reason,” said Mr. Collins, “is that Kim Yong-chol knows that failure in negotiations means severe problems for him and others on the North’s negotiating team. Think severe purge.’

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  25. MaineCoon says:

    HAHAHA!

    Liked by 6 people

    • WSB says:

      Sean is not that well traveled. He is lucky he got wheels to get to his destination on time.

      Like

      • MaineCoon says:

        Good tip.

        Liked by 1 person

        • WSB says:

          I remember being on a small rented tour bus in the middle of Cairo once during my college study there.

          We were literally stopped dead in traffic across train tracks, I watched a train coming straight for my window with two donkey carts crossing in front of it right before the train stopped in front of my face. I WAVED TO THE ENGINEER.

          Way too much urban traffic excitement for me.

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    • andyocoregon says:

      And all those cycles were on the sidewalk.

      Liked by 1 person

      • WSB says:

        Yes, indeed! An Australian colleague told me, “Once, I was in Hanoi and took a tuk-tuk to get to a meeting, the traffic was so bad. But the day was so drenched with rain, that the driver (the cyclist) was literally throwing water on me…everywhere. My entire suit was soaked. When I tried to get his attention about the water, he turned his head backward, laughed openly without any teeth, and said, “It eez bo-at!”

        I have never forgotten that. If you do not want to break a nail, there are just some countries you may not want to visit. Unless you fly your own Bentley with you.

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  26. MaineCoon says:

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  27. MaineCoon says:

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  28. MaineCoon says:

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  29. Troublemaker10 says:

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  30. MaineCoon says:

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  31. MaineCoon says:

    Watch this short clip. Not only is this man’s glass art painting quite good of President Trump, but his inciteful words as to why Viet Nam is a good place for the Summit, ie for Kim to see. P45 always has a plan. Kim probably doing more sightseeing…vision for NoKo.

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  32. MaineCoon says:

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  33. Troublemaker10 says:

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  34. sunnydaze says:

    This is from last June. Never saw it before, tho. Still applies:

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  35. MaineCoon says:

    POTUS Selling more Boeing planes!! HE never misses a opportunity!

    FTA: HANOI — Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways will sign a deal with Boeing Co to purchase 10 planes on the sidelines of this week’s Trump-Kim summit, an airline executive said on Sunday.

    The carrier, which is owned by property and leisure company FLC Group and made its first flights in January, placed a provisional order last year for 20 Boeing 787 widebody jets worth $5.6 billion at list prices.

    “We will sign with Boeing a deal to buy 10 more Boeing 787s. This is different from the deal signed earlier for 20 Boeing planes,” said the executive who declined to be named due to the confidentiality of the matter.

    https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/international/20190224/vietnam-s-bamboo-airways-to-buy-10-boeing-planes-during-trumpkim-summit/49068.html

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  36. montanamel says:

    Did anyone run the numbers on this flight?…they’re impressive for an old bird…
    Almost 9,400 st miles on direct great circle routes…
    Departure time in DC “around noon”….arr time in HAN “around noon” …
    Time difference = 12 clock hours between DCA and HAN…+ 1 day.
    That puts the airspeed average someplace north of 700 mph…
    The Jet stream has been really cooking for a couple of weeks now…

    In the bad old days… USA to the green hell was like 16 to 20 hours total, westbound.
    But, that was for only 8,200 miles or so…

    Wonder what their approach looked like?…

    “What’s that smell”….eh?

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  37. Newton Love says:

    Another display of optics by PDJT’s Celebrity Apprentice, Kim Jong-Un. Lots of stuff to observe and interpret.

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  38. Six says:

    Trump landed

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  39. What’s…HILARIOUS…is how the DEMOCRAT-PROPAGANDA-MSM are already (Prophesying) that Pres.Trump is so much of a Rube that he’s going to Negotiate Away STATE-SECRETS to “Rocket-Man” at this Summit.
    ~Just like ‘Slick Willie’ Clinton, George ‘Bushy-Bushy-’43 & Barack ‘No Scandals’ Obama….Did.~
    ALL 3 former presidents GAVE-TAX-DOLLARS to N. Korea to aid in their Domestic-Nuclear-Energy-Capabilities.
    *So MSM, Who is the Rube again?*

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  40. sundance says:

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  41. GSparrow. says:

    Chairman Kim Jong-un traveled 4,500km by train from Pyongyang to Hanoi as AOC’s Green Manifesto requested. But ungrateful, unappreciative Ocasio has not yet praised his Green efforts.

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  42. Eric says:

    President Trump taking the long way to the far east? Refueling in England? Why take this direction? Flying over the US unsafe?

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  43. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Air Force One touched down in Mildenhall, England on Monday evening for a refueling stop. Sarah Sanders posed for a photo with US military personal stationed at the base

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6745213/Kim-arrives-nuclear-summit-Trump-marathon-train-trip.html

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Kim takes a 2+ train (armored) trip NoKo-VN….P45 flies England-Qatar-VN…worldwide publicized travel for all to see…..DOES HE HAVE THE WORLDWIDE ATTENTION YET?

      Is everybody watching? Waiting? Listening?

      You bet….what hearings….

      No one can do it better than POTUS! Rally time (sort of)!

      🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️

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    • WSB says:

      Who recolored AF1 purple?

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  44. John-Y128 says:

    How is it that PDJT took the long way to North Vietnam with fuels stops in England and UAE?

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  45. Troublemaker10 says:

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  46. MaineCoon says:

    A secret smoker….we had one of those too.

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  47. MaineCoon says:

    Covered by Full Measure by Sharyl Attkisson. This is the only coverage I’ve seen o the return of servicemen remains from Viet Nam. President Trump never forgets.

    YT Description: This week, we’ll see the highly touted second summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The meeting is taking place in Vietnam, where the US has long worked to ease tensions after our bitter war, which ended more than 40 years ago. One of the ways that’s being accomplished is by Vietnam turning over remains of US troops missing in action. Scott Thuman went to Vietnam and saw the ongoing effort first hand.

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