Donald Trump boasted that his administration has made ‘tremendous progress’ in the dispute with North Korea in the year since he called Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man’ and placed heavy sanctions on the isolated regime for its illicit nuclear activities.
Trump said on his way into the United Nations that talks were ‘moving very well’ with the hermit nation and ‘the relationships are very good.’
‘We have many things in store, looks like we will have a second summit quite soon,’ he said. ‘As you know, Kim Jong-un wrote a letter – beautiful letter – and asking for a second meeting, and we will be doing that.’
Donald Trump boasted that his administration has made ‘tremendous progress’ in the dispute with North Korea in the year since he called Kim Jong-un ‘Rocket Man’ and placed heavy sanctions on the isolated regime for its illicit nuclear activities
MAN OF THE HOUR: President Trump is seen here departing a counter-narcotics event at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday
Trump talked briefly about the ‘critical steps to combat the global drug problem’ that the U.S. and its allies are taking at the televised session
President Trump confers with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley during the ‘Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem’ event at the United Nations this morning. He has an open afternoon before he meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in
‘We have many things in store, looks like we will have a second summit quite soon,’ Trump said on his way into the UN. ‘As you know, Kim Jong-un wrote a letter – beautiful letter – and asking for a second meeting, and we will be doing that’
Trump said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will ‘work that out in the immediate future.’
He added: ‘Looks like its moving very, very well, tremendous progress on North Korea.’
‘Since we got here, it was a different world. That was a very dangerous time. This is one year later, a much different time,’ Trump said.
The president briefly spoke to press about North Korea on his way into the United Nations on Monday for his first meeting of the day, a U.S.-led forum on counter-narcotics efforts around the globe.
He commented on his way out about his under-fire Supreme Court nominee who was hit with two new sex assault allegations on Sunday night.
‘We should look into the lawyers doing the representation. Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person and I am with him all the way,’ he told press. ‘And for people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mentioned it. All of a sudden it happens. In my opinion, it’s totally political. It’s totally political.’
Pompeo said later, at a United Nations briefing, that he expects to make his next visit to Pyongyang before the end of the year and a meeting with Trump is likely to follow.
He declined to detail ‘reciprocal’ actions to DailyMail.com that the U.S. would be willing to take to secure a nuclear deal while asserting that sanctions will stay on Pyongyang until it completely and verifiably ends its nuclear program.
Trump said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured, center right) will work out a time for him to meet with Kim Jong-un again soon
Trump is meeting later on Monday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to get a readout of his meeting last week with Kim
TALK TO THE HAND: President Trump refused to answer questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the way into the United Nations. He commented on the sexual assault allegations against on the way out
He has downtime this morning before a string of meetings later in the day with foreign leaders, the first of which is with the South Korean president.
He is staying in his penthouse suite at Trump Tower this week as he and the First Lady Melania Trump attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
He arrived by helicopter near Wall Street on Sunday evening, disembarking Marine One amid heavy security to be whisked away in the presidential limousine to his Fifth Avenue home near Central Park.
Trump had a working dinner with the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in the building that was once his office and residence. The meal was closed to press from both sides. Pictures distributed by the U.S. and Japanese governments later showed Abe and Trump shaking hands in the president’s lavish penthouse.
Tump met Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and had a working dinner at Trump Tower on Sunday night. Abe shared a picture of the pair on Facebook
Donald Trump arrived on Marine One in Downtown Manhattan Sunday with a luxury motor waiting for him
The American leader returned to New York Sunday to attend the United Nations General Assembly
Trump said in a tweet on Sunday night, before the meeting, that they’d be talking about the military and trade, in a nod to Japan’s long sought after agreement for a formal economic relationship with the U.S.
‘We have done much to help Japan, would like to see more of a reciprocal relationship. It will all work out!’ Trump said.
The billionaire president was spending his first night in New York since September of 2017. He also slept in his apartment in August of 2017 during a working vacation.
Trump’s accommodations in New York were a tightly kept secret until he arrived, but a heavy law enforcement presence around the glass-encased skyscraper gave the president’s destination away, even before he arrived at his old apartment.
Hundreds of New Yorkers had earlier dressed in white to participate in a silent procession through the streets to focus attention on the struggle of U.S citizens in Puerto Rico a year after Hurricane Maria.
Heavy security and traffic closures were expected across New York City all week to accommodate Trump and other visiting leaders.
Trump’s grand arrival in New York was the beginning of several days of important meetings
His vehicle at Downtown Manhattan Heliport was decorated with flags and was parked beside a Fire Department New York truck
The motorcade carrying US President Donald Trump could be seen moving along the FDR Drive on Sunday ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan on Tuesday
He was seen Friday making a fist pump gesture as he disembarked his aircraft at Springfield-Branson National Airport before attending a campaign rally in Springfield
The president is staying at Trump Tower, which was his home before he moved into the White House for four days until Thursday when he goes to DC
Police stood guard Sunday night and dump trucks were parked in front of Trump Tower as a security measure against protesters during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly
Law enforcement was heavy to minimize protester disruption as Trump arrived
A police vehicle lit a man as he walked away from Trump Tower where police stood guard
TRUMP’S WEEK IN NY
President Trump will make a ‘Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem’ at a counter-narcotics event that he’s co-hosting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Later he will host a reception for heads of state visiting his home city for UNGA.
The U.S. president will deliver remarks at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
He will also have a ‘pull-aside’ with Guterres before attending a luncheon hosted by UN Secretary General.
President Trump will have another pull-aide that afternoon with this year’s UNGA President Maria Fernanda Espinosa before he attends U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley’s Security Council Presidency Reception.
The president will chair a United Nations Security Council briefing, where members will discuss their counter-proliferation efforts.
Trump is making his second appearance at the United Nations this year, where he will deliver a speech and preside over a Security Council meeting in addition to one-on-one sessions with world leaders.
Just like the last time he was in New York, Trump will have little time to reminisce.
In the four days that he’ll be sleeping at his iconic property, he has a schedule full of meetings that began as soon as he arrived.
Shinzo Abe holds a special place the list of leaders that Trump considers to be not just allies but also friends, having been the first head of government to rush to New York to meet him at Trump Tower after the real estate tycoon’s 2016 election .
Japan is also a key partner for the United States in the Asia Pacific, where the United States is engaged in an escalating trade dispute with China while navigating a tricky disarmament agreement with North Korea.
Abe was just reelected himself in the past week – a feat that Trump congratulated him for on Twitter.
But Trump also signaled that he wouldn’t let their friendship or security relationship get in the way of trade rules he believes are fair to the United States. He has taken the same approach to his talks with with Xi Jinping of China.
Hundreds of New Yorkers had earlier dressed in white to participate in a silent procession through the streets to focus attention on neglect of US citizens in Puerto Rico still struggling for survival in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria
Trump and Abe have much to discuss since their last meeting at the G7 summit in Canada in June. Trump traveled straight to Singapore to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
A year ago at the general assembly gathering, Trump derogatorily referred to Kim as ‘Rocket Man’ in comments that critics of the new president’s in-your-face style worried would start a nuclear war. He introduced tough new sanctions on North Korea at the conference, as well, and vowed to keep maximum pressure on Kim’s government until it stopped building nukes.
In a major turnaround, Kim and Trump signed an informal pact for North Korea to completely and verifiably end its nuclear program in Singapore.
‘Prior to my coming into office, a lot of people thought we were going — it was inevitable — we were going to war in North Korea. And now we’re — the relationships, I have to tell you, at least on a personal basis, they’re very good. It’s very much calmed down,’ Trump asserted last week at the White House.
So far, the tete-a-tete has not produced significant results on the nuclear front, although North Korea has not conducted missile or nuclear tests since and followed through on a pledge to return the remains of American soldiers.
Talks reached a total standstill in late August as North Korea failed to make good on its promises to Trump at the nuclear summit. They were considered back on track by the administration this month after North Korea opted not to use its founder’s day parade to show off its arsenal as it had done in year’s past.
‘The fact that the two leaders in Korea both shook hands and said they want to denuclearize and they want peace, that’s no small thing. I think the fact that their parade, they didn’t show off nuclear weapons for the first time is a major accomplishment,’ U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told CNN on Sunday.
Trump announced that he would be having a working dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Abe on Sunday night in Trump Tower
Japan is also a key ally for the United States in the Asia Pacific, where the United States is engaged in an escalating trade dispute with China
Abe was just reelected himself in the past week – a feat that Trump congratulated him for on Twitter last week
Trump otherwise received a letter from Kim that he says revealed the ‘tremendous progress’ the nations have made in the past year.
His senior aides like Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are optimistic yet cautious of the overtures from Kim.
‘Look, we are far from reaching the end of this,’ Haley said Sunday. ‘We have to both make sure that North Korea knows what we mean by denuclearization. We have got to make sure we enforce sanctions, because that’s what brought them to the table in the first place.’
Her comments echoed State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert’s proclamation on Thursday that ‘in order to get to the denuclearization of North Korea, sanctions must be enforced. We cannot let our foot off the gas.’
Trump (pictured with Melania on the left in 2015) used his old residential building to announce his presidential candidacy in June that year
Trump has only stayed at the Trump Tower in Manhattan three times since taking on the role
He will stay the duration in the penthouse suite with Melania Trump for the first time in a year
The suite was showcase during an ABC News program in 2015 and will be where he spends a good portion of his time
Melania joins Trump as he prepares to chair a United Nations Security Council briefing, where members will discuss their counter-proliferation efforts on Wednesday
Pompeo was expected to meet with his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho, this week in New York. A second summit between Trump and Kim, he says, is soon to follow.
‘It’s in the works. We’re hoping everything falls together and it makes good sense here before too terribly long,’ he told the BBC in an interview on Friday.
Trump will in the meantime meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is fresh off his own summit with Kim.
The leaders of the two Koreas clasped hands victoriously, shared hugs and announced a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics at the conclusion of a meeting last week in Pyongyang.
Kim credited Trump for generating regional stability at the finale of his three-day summit with Moon, their third set of talks since South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics in February. The countries’ athletes entered the arena under one flag at the Opening Ceremony.
Moon and Kim agreed at the summit to new steps that the North would take to denuclearize, specifically the closure of the Tongchang-ri facility, which the U.S. says would be independently supervised. Kim said he would be willing to close a second site, at Yongbyon, if Trump takes ‘reciprocal steps’ that were left unspecified but are assumed to be referring to sanctions.
Moon reported after the summit that Kim is eager to meet with Trump again.
He’ll reveal more of his conversation with Kim during his meeting with Trump on the sidelines of the United Nations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will serve as a counterpoint to leaders begging Trump this week to relax mandatory sanctions that will snap back into place this year and next
Trump will also hold private talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May while he is town.
Tariffs the president has put on steel and aluminum coming out of Europe and a threat to penalize automobile purchase are among the topics that Macron will want to discuss. A trade deal for the U.K. when it exits the EU next March will be chief among the issues May, with whom Trump has had a difficult relationship, is all but certain to bring up.
U.S. sanctions against Iran are another hot-button issue that world leaders are certain to press Trump on. The first round of penalties on Tehran for its illicit nuclear activities are due to go into effect on November 4.
Trump says he wants a new deal that encompasses Iran’s support for terrorism and its ballistic missile testing. European allies have said they agree with him that the 2015 deal could be better but they’d prefer to leave it be than have nothing in place.
May told CBS News in a an interview that aired in part on Sunday: ‘We do agree with the United States that there are other aspects of Iran’s behavior that we need to be dealing with, too. So looking at the issue of ballistic missiles. Looking at– the way in which– Iran is acting in the region– to destabilize the region. We need to address those issues, too.
‘But we also want to ensure that we have a nuclear deal in place that prevents them from– of getting a nuclear weapon,’ she explained.
Companies that do business with Iran are due to be sanctioned beginning in November if they fail to adhere to the new U.S. standards, unless they received Treasury Department waivers.
Those are few and far between, though, and Haley in a Sunday interview with CBS said: ‘We’re not going to give exemptions to Iran. We’re not going to give them any — allow them any money to continue to build their nuclear weapons. And so we’re going to continue to stay tough on this.’
France’s largest energy company, Total, quit a multi-billion dollar oil and gas deal with Iran this summer after it couldn’t obtain one.
Trump will also hold private talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron (right) while he is town
Iran has given European countries until Nov. 4 to make a choice about whether to abide by U.S. sanctions or live up to the spirit of nuclear pact.
The EU has said that it plans to stick by the deal that Trump pulled the U.S. out of this spring and will assist companies in business with Iran that are hurt by the renewed fees. Still, Iran has said that it could quit the accord if ‘staying in the agreement will not benefit us anymore’ once U.S. sanctions are reinstated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will serve as a counterpoint to leaders begging Trump this week to relax the mandatory sanctions that will snap back into place in two waves this year and next. Netanyahu urged Trump to cancel U.S. involvement in the agreement in a rare speech by a foreign leader last year to the United States Congress.
Trump is not scheduled meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while they are at the United Nations, although they could always have a casual pull-aside behind closed-doors at the all-call.
Rouhani could also encounter Trump at the Security Council meeting the U.S. president is chairing on nuclear nonproliferation that will pointedly focus on Iran’s nuclear program.
A spokesman for the Iranian leader said he will not take the U.S. up on its invitation to attend, however, or to meet one-on-one with Trump, as he faced pressure from within to skip the gathering where he’ll be under assault from the U.S. altogether.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is not attending this year’s United Nations gathering. Neither is China’s Xi, eliminating two potentially awkward encounters with American rivals and allies of Rouhani.
Election interference efforts attributed to Russia and which U.S. officials believe is taking place to this day at American prepare to go to the polls on November 2 to elect a new House and Senate is another potential topic of discussion at the U.N., especially in Putin’s absence. The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, and Russia’s support for the ruling government, is also on the schedule to be discussed.
The U.S. bombed the Syrian army with the assistance of the U.K. and France earlier this year after dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical weapons attack on his own people. In remarks at the time President Trump name-checked Russian and Iran.
Haley said Sunday on CNN that Russia owns the crisis there now and it needs to foot the bill to reconstruct the country once ISIS had been defeated and the civil war is over.
‘Russia has to step up. They took responsibility for this. They have got to manage it. They can’t sit there and do whatever they want, allowing the Iranians to continue to have influence, when they’re the biggest sponsor of terrorism, and then turn around and have their hand out and asking us for money,’ she said, hitting on a sticking point that could come up in the Security Council meeting .
Trump is anticipated to depart New York on Thursday to return to Washington, where he’ll greet the Chilean president on Friday.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera will greet Trump in Washington DC on Friday
Trump will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a leader he considers ‘a friend’ and whom he also hosted last year in Washington
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau will deliver a speech that rivals Trump’s own to the general assembly this week
Before he leaves his old stomping grounds he’ll meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a leader he considers ‘a friend’ and whom he also hosted last year in Washington.
Trump’s complimentary words for el-Sisi, a dictator with a bruising human rights record, has courted controversy, particularly after Trump said he was ‘very much behind’ the autocrat in remarks in May of last year in the Oval Office.
The U.S. president said the el-Sisi, whom he met when he was competing for the presidency, is ‘somebody that’s been very close to me from the first time I met him’ and has his ‘strong backing.’
‘We agree on so many things,’ Trump said. ‘I just want to let everybody know, in case there was any doubt, that we are very much behind President el-Sisi. He’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation.’
The president is meanwhile avoiding sit downs while he’s in New York with U.S. allies from around the globe such as Germany, which he knocked over the summer at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit for a Russian pipeline deal, as Angela Merkel skips the conferenc.
He’s bypassing Canada, another country which the U.S is currently engaged in a messy trade negotiation, as well, even though the neighboring nation’s prime minister will be in New York.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau will deliver a speech that rivals Trump’s own to the general assembly this week. So will Iran’s Rouhani.