The former official said Trump had not asked any of his aides if there would be any problems making such an offer. “I did it for his friend,” the former official said, referring to Trump’s warm relationship with Kim.
Matthew Pottinger, the top Asian expert on Trump’s National Security Council, told the BBC: “President Trump offered Kim an elevator home on Air Force One. the president said, “I can get you home in two hours if you want.” Kim refused. “
The astonishing offer made to a brutal dictator came as Trump ended the Hanoi summit without a joint deal, after Kim insisted that all US sanctions against his country be lifted. It was a bridge too far for Trump, who said at the time that Kim had offered to take action to dismantle his nuclear arsenal, but not enough to justify ending the debilitating sanctions regime against the country.
“Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said at a press conference after the conclusion of the summit, which broke off earlier than expected. “It was just one of those times.”
When a reporter asked Kim if the topic had been discussed, Trump responded for him.
“We discuss everything,” he says.
The former president has previously described falling “in love” with Kim and exchanging letters of praise that underscored their unusual relationship. Trump boasted last year that he received a “nice grade” from Kim, saying, “I think we’re fine.” Pyongyang later denied that Kim sent Trump a letter and accused him of bringing up the personal relationship for “selfish purposes.”