Cohen’s remarks also reveal Trump faked a medical condition to get out of the Vietnam War draft and that Trump told him, “You think I’m stupid, I wasn’t going to Vietnam.” Cohen’s leaked testimony dropped as Trump arrived in Vietnam late Tuesday ahead of his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Trump and Kim met briefly in front of reporters before heading to an official dinner.
President Donald Trump: “I thought the first summit was a great success, and I think this one, hopefully, will be equal or greater than the first. And we made a lot of progress. And I think the biggest progress was our relationship is really a good one. … I think that your country has tremendous economic potential, unbelievable, unlimited. And I think that you will have a tremendous future with your country, a great leader. And I look forward to watching it happen and helping it to happen.”
CNN is reporting that the White House initially tried to ban reporters from attending the official dinner, after a journalist shouted a question to Trump about Cohen’s testimony. After reporters collectively protested the move, the White House conceded that one print reporter could be present, alongside cameras documenting the event. The 2-day summit to further negotiations on a denuclearization agreement continues tomorrow.