History! Drama! A Surprise Summit: Trump and Kim Meet in Demilitarized Zone

President Trump becomes the first U.S. President to set foot in North Korea in historic, if frantic, meeting.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean chairman Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019.

By The Stream Published on June 30, 2019

History met with drama today, as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a near-spontaneous meeting in the Demilitarized Zone. The drama was heightened when Trump actually ventured with Kim into North Korea, becoming the first U.S. president to set foot in the secretive Communist enclave.

“I was proud to step over the line,” Trump said, while sitting with Kim in Freedom House on the South Korean side of the border. “It was a great day for the world.”

The historic meeting came together very quickly, with Trump offering Kim an invite just yesterday via Twitter.

Kim said he was surprised by the invite. “I believe this is an expression of his willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future,” Kim said of Trump, according to the AP.


New White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham had a bumpy, bruising introduction to her new gig. Literally. Grisham got bruised up by some North Koreans as she pushed to get American reporters into position to cover the historic meeting. “It was an all-out brawl,” reported CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Although Trump originally called the proposed meeting just a chance to “shake his hand and say Hello(?)!,” the two ended up meeting privately for 50 minutes. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Trump said he and Kim agreed to restart nuclear talks within weeks.

“Blessed are the peacemakers. For they shall be called children of God.”

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