BRITS PUZZLED BY TRUMP’S OFFER OF AIR FORCE ONE RIDE TO KIM KONG-UN
The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) has reported that defeated former US president Donald Trump apparently didn’t know that Air Force One is exclusively for the use of the US head of state and leaders of other nations naturally cannot hitch a ride on the presidential plane.
BBC has found out that Trump pretty much regards Air Force One as his personal property that he can offer North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a special flight home after their second summit, which failed to achieve anything, Sophia Ankel reported for Business Insider.
The two had met in 2019 for negotiations in Vietnam that eventually broke down. Trump was said to have told Kim he could get home in two hours but was turned down.
The three-part BBC series, titled "Trump Takes on the World," discloses new details about Trump and Kim's ultimately unsuccessful negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program.
The third episode of "Trump Takes on the World," directed by Tim Stirzaker, will be broadcast on BBC2 on Wednesday.
Trump, who had left the meeting abruptly, told the press at the time: "Sometimes you just have to walk."
But Trump is said to have made an unusual offer first. "President Trump offered Kim a lift home on Air Force One," Matthew Pottinger, the top Asia expert on Trump's National Security Council, told the BBC.
"The president knew that Kim had arrived on a multiday train ride through China into Hanoi, and the president said: 'I can get you home in two hours if you want.' It was a gracious gesture," he added. Kim declined the offer, according to Pottinger.