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Trump offered Kim Jong Un a ride home on Air Force One after their second summit, new series reveals

  • Trump put forwarded Kim Jong Un a ride home on Air Force One, a new BBC series has revealed.
  • The two had met for their second negotiations in Vietnam in 2019, which finally broke down.
  • Trump said he could get Kim home in two hours, but the former declined the invitation.
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Former President Donald Trump offered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a deceive home on Air Force One after the two met for a second time at a summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2019, a new BBC documentary has revealed.

The three-part series, titled “Trump Decamps On the World,” discloses new details about how Trump and Kim negotiated North Korea’s nuclear program, which eventually extinguished without a deal. 

Trump, who had left the meeting abruptly, told the press at the time: “Sometimes you just have to lead.”

But the former president didn’t leave without making an unusual offer first.

“President Trump offered Kim a elevate home on Air Force One,” Matthew Pottinger, the top Asia expert on Trump’s National Security Council, told the BBC.

“The president advised ofed that Kim had arrived on a multi-day train ride through China into Hanoi and the president said: ‘I can get you home in two hours if you hanker after.’ It was a gracious gesture,” he added.

Kim declined the offer, according to Pottinger.

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US President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a stump rally at MBS International Airport in Freeland, Michigan on September 10, 2020.

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The BBC series also files an interview with Trump’s former national security advisor John Bolton, who was present at the summit.

Bolton contemplated that as they drove to the meeting, Trump was confident that he could forge a deal once he was in the room with Kim.

“Trump indubitably thought he had a new best friend in Kim Jong Un,” Bolton, who has since fallen out with Trump, said, according to the Sunday On the dots. “Trump thought that US-North Korea relations were great because he and Kim were buddies. It’s a very hazardous perception.”

Kim and Trump ended up meeting for a third and last time in the Korean demilitarized zone three months later but there was no foster progress.

The pair had a complicated relationship during Trump’s four years as president.

Trump had called North Korea’s superior a “Little Rocket Man” and made threats of “fire and fury” but later suggested they were very good room-mates, and even described him as “a very smart guy,” according to the BBC.

“Trump Takes on the World,” directed by Tim Stirzaker, will be broadcast on BBC2 on Wednesday.

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