At the G7 Summit last weekend, President Donald Trump said that First Lady Melania Trump had met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and she had “gotten to know” him, even though she did not attend any of the three meetings the two had.

At a G7 Summit news conference, Trump told reporters that “the first lady had gotten to know Kim Jong Un, and I think she’d agree with me ― he is a man with a country that has tremendous potential.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement that suggested that although the First Lady and Kim had not meet in person, Melania felt she knew him personally because of her husband.

“President Trump confides in his wife on many issues including the detailed elements of his strong relationship with Chairman Kim,” Grisham said. “And while the first lady hasn’t met him, the president feels like she’s gotten to know him too.” 

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When Trump and Kim had their first meeting in Singapore in 2018, Melania was not present because of medical reasons.

She did not attend the second in Hanoi, and although Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, attended, the first lady did not.


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