North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “understands” the upcoming sit-down with President Donald Trump “will have to be big and special” — and “knows what he is trying to achieve for the North Korean people,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Pompeo was asked what he thought of Kim after spending more time with him “than any other Westerner other than [former NBA star] Dennis Rodman.”
“I’ve got a lot fewer rebounds than Dennis Rodman but I did get to spend a great deal of time with Chairman Kim,” Pompeo joked.
“The conversation was professional,” he then continued on a serious note. “He knows his brief, he knows what he is trying to achieve for the North Korean people. He is able to deal with complexity when the conversation requires it. He does follow the Western press. He will probably watch the show at some point.
“He's paying attention to things the world is saying. He, too, is preparing for June 12th. He and his team will be working to put our two leaders in a position where it's just possible we might pull off a historic undertaking.”
He said his time with Kim, however, “didn’t cover” the previous biting exchange of insults between the two leaders.
There’s still “a great deal of detail to be worked on” before the June 12 meeting in Singapore, Pompeo said. “We've done trade for trade… and it has failed repeatedly. I think Chairman Kim understands that. I think he appreciates the fact that this is going to have to be different and big and special, something that has never been undertaken before.”
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