Outgoing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Associated Press that “correspondence between the two leaders has been ongoing.” It was not clear what the letter from Trump to Kim said.
That letter became the subject of an awkward Oval Office encounter when Trump suggested a Time Magazine photographer could go to “prison” after the individual snapped a photo of the birthday letter as the president was showing it to the reporters in the room.
The exchanges come after Trump left the negotiating table in February at his second summit with Kim — this one in Vietnam — after they couldn’t strike a deal. Trump wants North Korea to denuclearize, but has never given a definitive time table.
At the second summit, the North Koreans wanted sanctions relief, but weren’t committed to fully killing their weapons program. “Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said at a news conference in Hanoi before he left on Air Force One. “This was one of those times.”