Trump and Kim Jong Un feast on shrimp, sirloin, lava cake at 'social dinner' in Vietnam

On the menu was shrimp cocktail with Thousand Island dressing, marinated grilled sirloin with pear kimchi, hot runny-centered chocolate cake with berries and vanilla ice cream, as well as dried persimmon punch


                            Trump and Kim Jong Un feast on shrimp, sirloin, lava cake at 'social dinner' in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un feasted on shrimp cocktail, grilled sirloin and chocolate lava cake at their dinner in Hanoi on Wednesday.

The two leaders held what the White House was calling a "social dinner" at the Metropole Hotel as they kicked off their second summit meeting.

President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on February 27 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on February 27 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

On the menu was shrimp cocktail with Thousand Island dressing, marinated grilled sirloin with pear kimchi, hot runny-centered chocolate cake with berries and vanilla ice cream, as well as dried persimmon punch, which the White House described as a traditional beverage sweetened with dried persimmons and honey.

Trump and Kim will reconvene on Thursday for formal talks.

Earlier the pair greeted each other warmly before reporters and held a brief discussion.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to hold additional meetings with aides on Thursday, before Trump returns to the U.S.

A man holds a placard and American and North Korea flags outside Metropole hotel where Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met to have dinner on February 27  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A man holds a placard and American and North Korea flags outside Metropole hotel where Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met to have dinner on February 27  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Ahead of the formal talks, Trump praised what he's called a "very special relationship" with the North Korean leader. Trump struck a hopeful tone Wednesday evening, telling reporters at the Metropole hotel that "a lot of things are going to be solved, I hope" and saying he thinks "it'll lead to a wonderful, really a wonderful situation long term."

Trump said: "I thought the first summit was a great success and I think this one, hopefully, will be equal or greater than the first." He added it's an honor to meet with Kim once again.

The White House is restricting press access to the meetings. Four print reporters, including one from The Associated Press, were prohibited from covering the beginning of Trump's dinner with Kim in Hanoi on Wednesday. That came after two of those reporters asked questions of the president during earlier events at the summit.

Donald Trump meets with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on February 27 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Donald Trump meets with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on February 27 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

 

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement saying that due to the "sensitive nature of the meetings we have limited the pool for dinner to a smaller group."

Sanders initially said no reporters would be allowed into the dinner. But after photographers said they would not cover it without an editorial presence, one print reporter and a radio reporter were allowed in.

It's Trump and Kim's second summit, after one in Singapore in June. Trump wants Kim to agree to dismantle his nuclear sites in a verifiable way. Kim is seeking relief from crushing U.S. sanctions hobbling his economy.