Developing now, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
TRUMP HOPES FOR 'GREAT THINGS' FROM VIETNAM SUMMIT WITH KIM: President Trump was hopeful for "great things" as he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were set to meet Wednesday in Hanoi, Vietnam, in a closely-watched second summit between the two leaders ...Though Trump and his administration at times tamped down expectations ahead of their planned two-day summit, the president remained optimistic about progress being made in efforts to get Kim and his rogue nation to denuclearize. Trump has praised Pyongyang for ceasing missile tests and has appeared to ease up on demanding a timeline for disarmament. He hopes that Kim, who is seeking relief from U.S. sanctions, will opt to give up his nuclear weapons program in exchange for help revitalizing his country's economy.
Trump's critics are skeptical that any real progress will be made in persuading Kim to denuclearize and believe, at worst, the president's summit with Kim will be nothing more than an elaborate, worldwide photo-op. Trump and Kim and scheduled to meet one-on-one before having a social dinner that will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.