President Trump claimed on Monday that First Lady Melania Trump "met" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged the White House to clarify that the two have never met.
Trump commented at a press conference at the Group of 7 summit in Biarritz, France. In answering a question about Iran, the president made a detour to discuss the real estate potential of the country and then turned to North Korea.
"By the way, I also say that in relation to North Korea, Kim Jong Un – who I got to know very well; The First Lady had met Kim Jong Un, and I think she would agree with me – he's a guy with a lot of potential, "Trump said.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham made a statement shortly after realizing that First Lady Kim has never met Kim.
"President Trump trusts his wife on many issues, including the detailed elements of his close relationship with Chairman Kim – and while the First Lady has not yet met him, the President feels as if she had met him as well," Grisham said ,
The President first met with Kim in Singapore in June 2018. At the time, Trump said that although the First Lady wanted to accompany him, she was ordered by the doctors to not fly because of a medical procedure she had had the previous month.
"She can not fly for a month, say the doctors," said the president. "She had a big operation. That was almost a four-hour operation. "
Earlier this year, Trump and Kim held their second summit in Hanoi. The First Lady was also absent from the meeting, which was abruptly interrupted by disagreements over compromises between the United States facilitating sanctions and North Korea's steps to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
Kim met for the third time in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. While the daughter and the son-in-law of the president, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, accompanied him during the visit and also traveled to North Korea, the first lady was not present.
John Wagner contributed to this report.