Earlier this week, President Donald J. Trump said that he would be willing to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, at a time and place to be announced. Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said Sunday that no location has been “ruled out,” including Pyongyang and Washington D.C., although he indicated that the former location isn’t “highly likely.”
The Hill reports the comments: “Nothing is being ruled out,” Shah told ABC’s Jonathan Karl on “This Week,” when asked whether Kim could potentially meet Trump at the White House.
“I have no announcement, it’s a time and a place to be determined,” he said.
Shah also refused to rule out the possibility of Trump traveling to Pyongyang to meet the North Korean leader.
“I don’t think that that’s, you know, highly likely but again, I’m not going to rule anything out,” Shah told Karl.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo also commented about the summit on Sunday, while appearing on “Fox News Sunday.” Pompeo said that the location and timing of the meeting are “a lot less important” than “the substance of the meeting.”
“The location of the meeting, the timing of the meeting, the president and the team will figure out,” he said.
President Trump said on Saturday that he is anticipating a successful meeting with Kim.
“I think North Korea is going to go very well,” he said. “I think we will have tremendous success … they promised they wouldn’t be shooting off missiles in the meantime, and they’re looking to de-nuke. They’re gonna be great.”
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