It’s looking like the handshake meeting between President Trump, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is going to happen. President Trump told traveling pool: “We’re gonna see. They’re working things out right now.” Apparently the details are in rapid resolve mode.
President Trump arrived with the U.S. entourage at the Blue House in South Korea, where a reception and dinner were planned by the host nation. LPGA champion Se-ri Park and members of the K-pop band Exo were also at the reception. Video:
After the reception the President and delegation had dinner hosted by President Moon Jae-in. The main dish was a sirloin steak made of US beef, accompanied by bulgogi sauce, pickled garlic leaves and other side dishes. There were also 12 cold Korean starters on the official menu including steamed sea urchin with tofu and pan-fried mung beans.
Traveling Press Pool – POTUS arrived on the grounds of South Korea’s blue house presidential palace at 8:05 PM and was greeted by President Moon Jae-in and the first lady. They walked through a manicured lawn lined with blue and red traditional lanterns under pine trees and up steps to a lawn in front of a tea house that hosts state dinners. Potus could be hear saying “It’s beautiful.”
They were greeted on the lawn by members of the K-pop boy band Exo, South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and former LPGA champion Se-ri Park at a cocktail reception where wine and orange juice were served. Potus said as he was introduced to the band that they’re “Very famous,” and asked, “Where’s Ivanka? … Ivanka was just talking about them.”
Ivanka, dressed in light blue, smiled widely. Asked by Pres Moon whether she was a fan, she said yes. The band handed Potus and Ivanka albums.
“Oh it’s signed,” Ivanka said.
Potus also spoke at length with former LPGA champion Se-ri Park, and could be heard saying at one point “she’s gonna be my partner.”
Asked about his plans to meet with Kim Jong Un at the DMZ tomorrow, he said: “We’re gonna see. They’re working things out right now.” He said he’d heard back from North Korea but did not elaborate.
Potus and Moon entered the tea house for dinner around 8:30 p.m. Per embassy staff, POTUS was joined by Ivaknka, Jared Kushner, Secretaries Pompeo and Mnuchin, Ambassador Harry Harris for the meal, a traditional royal feast with 12 “banchan” or side dishes. On the South Korean side, Pres. Moon was to be joined by foreign minister Kang, national security advisor Chung Eui-Yong and others. (link)