‘I also say that, by the way, with respect to North Korea. Kim Jong Un, who I’ve gotten to know extremely well, the first lady has gotten to know Kim Jong Un and I think she would agree with me, he is a man with a country that has tremendous potential,’ the president said during a press conference at the G7 summit in Biarritz,
But Melania Trump did not accompany the president to his June 12, 2018 meeting with Kim in Singapore nor did she join the two leaders at their February 2019 summit in Hanoi. She also was not present at their June meeting at the DMZ.
It is unclear how she would have met Kim.
The White House did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiry into how the first lady knows the North Korean leader.
Donald Trump claimed Melania Trump has ‘got to know’ Kim Jong Un at his G7 press conference
The first lady was not present at any of President Trump’s meetings with Kim Jong Un – such as the two leaders’ June meeting at the DMZ
Ivanka Trump, with her husband Jared Kushner, was at the DMZ meeting
Kim does not attend the G7 or the major gatherings of world leaders.
He also does not attend the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting – held in New York City every September – despite chatter he considered attending past gatherings, which the first couple also attend.
President Trump and Kim have exchanged letters. Trump said last September the two leaders ‘fell in love’ after Kim wrote him ‘beautiful letters.’
Trump has only met Kim three times – once at the Singapore summit, which was the first time an American president met with a North Korean leader.
The president also held a two-day summit with Kim in Hanoi earlier this year.
Additionally, Trump stopped in South Korea on his way home from the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, in June and met with Kim at the DMZ, becoming the first American president to set foot in North Korea.
It’s unclear where and how Melania Trump would have met Kim Jong Un
While Trump and Kim met at the DMZ, Ivanka Trump, who did accompany her father on that trip, crossed the military line and said being in North Korea was ‘surreal.’
The president extolled the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea during his stop.
‘Stepping across that line was a great honor,’ Trump said at the DMZ. ‘A lot of progress has been made, a lot of friendships have been made, and this has been in particular a great friendship.’