President Trump, who’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today, just tweeted about the Supreme Court’s decision on deportations.
Today, the Supreme Court invalidated a provision of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some “crimes of violence,” holding that the law is unconstitutionally vague.
President Trump told reporters the US has started direct talks with North Korea “at extremely high levels.”
“We’ve also started talking to North Korea directly,” Trump said. “We have had direct talks at very high levels, extremely high levels with North Korea. And I really believe there’s a lot of good will, a lot of good things are happening. We’ll see what happens, as I always say, we’ll see what happens. And because ultimately it is the end result that counts, not the fact that we’re thinking about having a meeting or having a meeting.”
His comment came during an expanded bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe.
President Trump, speaking to reporters with Shinzo Abe, said he has a “very close relationship” with the Japanese prime minister.
Trump said he and Abe are talking about trade, North Korea and the military.
“A lot of progress has been made and we’ve been discussing things for weeks and even months prior to this meeting, which truly we’ll call a summit. And we’ve made a lot of progress,” Trump added.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks as he arrives for talks with US President Donald Trump at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 17, 2018.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said today there will be a summit between the US and North Korea for the first time in history.
“And also prior to the US-North Korea summit meeting, the summit meeting between South and North Korea is being planned to take place,” Abe’s translator said.
Abe’s translator said Trump and Abe had an in-depth discussion that focused North Korea and economic issues.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said President Trump’s “unwavering conviction” and “stance” was what led to a “major change” in North Korea’s behavior.
“Since the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, we have observed a major change in terms of North Korea’s behavior,” Abe said.
“And background of this change is Donald’s unwavering conviction as well as the determination that you demonstrated in addressing the issue of North Korea.”
“So your stance made it possible to achieve this major change,” he added.
President Trump says South Korea has his blessing for talks with North Korea to end the Korean War.
“South Korea is meeting and has plans to meet to see if they can end the war and they have my blessing on that,” Trump told reporters during the photo op with Japanese Prime Minister Abe.
As White House aides rushed reporters out of the room moments ago at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump said five locations were being considered for the meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un might be held.
The President said the meeting will take place “probably in early June or before that.”
During a bilateral meeting at his Mar-a-Lago club this afternoon with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Trump previewed that a meeting with North Korea’s leader could be “very soon.”
“We’ll be having meetings with Kim Jong Un very soon,” President Trump told reporters, adding that the timeline would be “probably in early June or before that.”
He did not say where the meeting would be held.
Trump also added that it’s “possible things won’t go well and we won’t have the meeting. We will see what happens.”