Trump: At first, Mike Pompeo wasn't supposed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Key Points
  • President Trump says CIA Director Mike Pompeo was not supposed to meet one on one with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
  • The meeting between Pompeo and Kim was instead arranged on the spot, Trump tells Fox.
Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
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President Donald Trump said Thursday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo was not supposed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Over Easter weekend, Pompeo, Trump's nominee for secretary of State, carried out a secret diplomatic meeting in North Korea to help prepare for Trump's summit with Kim.

"Mike Pompeo did go there, he wasn't supposed to meet with Kim Jong Un, but he did," Trump told "Fox and Friends." "You know they arranged actually while he was there to say hello."

Trump then added that the two spoke for more than an hour and that they have "incredible pictures of the two talking and meeting."

Trump's comments came just hours before Kim was to cross the 38th parallel to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the border village of Panmunjom.

The meeting between the Korean leaders, set for Friday local time, signals a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula. It will be the first face-to-face summit since 2007.

While the details of Trump's unprecedented meeting with Kim remain to be seen, the president said he is considering four dates and five locations.

"I can only say this, when I came into office people thought we were going into nuclear war and now they're saying wow this is going to be taken care of," Trump said.

Trump added that tensions on the Korean peninsula were getting "very, very nasty" and that discussions with the communist North should have happened before his presidency. Four months ago, Kim and Trump traded bellicose rhetoric about the relative size of their nuclear buttons.

"This is a much different ballgame than if they did it five or 10 or 20 years ago. This is a much more dangerous ballgame now but I will tell you that it is going very well," Trump said.