US President Trump meets with DPRK Chairman Kim

February 27, 2019 - 18:43

9.12 PM

Here's the moment Chairman Kim leaves the Metropole Hotel. President Trump is also heading back to his hotel in the Nam Tu Liem district of Hanoi. Their dinner lasted about one hour and 40 minutes. Still plenty to talk about tomorrow when the two leaders meet again. Our live blog of this historic event will start at 8am. See you there!


Footage: REUTERS

8.45 PM

Chairman Kim's delegation left the Metropole and arrived at his hotel just a short distance away.


8.35 PM

Dinner is done it seems. Word is, Chairman Kim and President Trump have eaten up and are about to leave the Metropole.


8.13 PM

Selfie sticks at the ready! There were plenty of people outside the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel earlier today for the dinner date of the decade! Photo by Trương Vị




8.09 PM

Here's more pictures from the dinner with President Trump and Chairman Kim. 





8.00 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has tweeted that he is keeping a close eye on what’s happening in Hanoi and may visit the US soon to meet President Trump.  



7.53 PM

Here's the handshake. All nine seconds of it. 

Footage: White House Press Office

7.45 PM

It’s dinner time. President Trump and Chairman Kim take their seats at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel for dinner. Wonder what’s on the menu?



7.30 PM

Our reporter Thu Van has been hard at work all day covering the summit. Read her latest update here.

7.13 PM

The handshake between Trump and Kim lasted nine seconds. That's three seconds less than when they met in Singapore. 


7.07 PM

The bromance continues...

Chairman Kim: “Here we are today and I hope that we can provide an outcome that is welcomed by everyone and I am sure we can do this.”

President Trump: “It is an honour to be with Chairman Kim. It is an honour to be together in Vietnam a country that has really rolled out the red carpet.”






Here's President Trump's latest tweet. 




6.45 PM

This is the hotel where the two leaders are dining. It's a five star luxury hotel that opened in 1901. Trip Advisor reviewers have given it five stars. And in the past, Charlie Chaplin, Jane Fonda and George H W Bush have all stayed there. 


6.30 PM

President Donald Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un are meeting in Hanoi right now. The two political heavyweights are having a face to face meeting before dinner at the Metropole Hotel. 





And here's the guest list:

United States

  • Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America
  • Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
  • Mick Mulvaney, Assistant to the President and acting Chief of Staff
  • Lee Yun-hyang, interpreter


  • Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Kim Yong Chol, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea
  • Ri Yong Ho, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Sin Hye Yong, interpreter