#Politics : President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un 'my friend'

President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un 'my friend' and pointed to the relative prosperity of Vietnam as the two men prepare to break bread for a second time Wednesday.
President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un 

  1. President tweeted Wednesday morning as he prepared for meetings with Vietnamese leaders 
  • He pointed to Vietnam as an economic model He touted his dinner with Kim set for Wednesday evening The country has been on an economic tear since normalizing relations with the U.S. in 1995 
  • Trump touted agreements for Vietnam to buy more U.S. products from Boeing Two years ago he touted a similar agreement but the trade deficit grew to $37 billion Vietnam ships shoes, clothing, and seafood products to the U.S. 
  • Earlier Trump posed with Vietnam's president in front of a statue of founder Ho Chi Minh He said North Korea would be the same if it would 'denuclearize' Trump called Kim 'my friend' 
  • He has previously said they fell 'in love' at their Singapore summit Kim forced his uncle to watch colleagues get blown apart with anti-aircraft guns before his own death, according to a defector. 
  • President Donald Trump began his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un by predicting progress at his upcoming meal with his counterpart and calling the North Korean dictator 'my friend.'
  •  'Hopefully great things will happen later on,' Trump said in brief remarks Wednesday as he met with the president of Vietnam and a delegation. 
  • Trump also lavished praise upon Vietnam for its 'thriving' economy, while touting economic growth in the U.S. as well – holding out the local economy as a model for North Korea to pursue. 
  • He announced a deal to have Vietnam purchase 10 U.S.-made planes – even as it continues to ship billions worth of sneakers and shrimp to U.S. ports. 
  • Trump also called the relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam an 'example' of what can become of North Korea if it gives up its nuclear weapons. 
  • 'You really are an example as to what can happen with good thinking,' 
  • Trump said as he sat down with President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.