HANOI – President Donald Trump prepared for a historic second summit with Kim Jong Un here Wednesday as he braced for a tumultuous few days in Washington that threatened to eclipse any progress made with the North Korean dictator.
Trump will meet with Kim for a brief conversation followed by a 90-minute dinner, marking their first face-to-face encounter since the two met in Singapore last summer. The initial events, which will splash across U.S. television screens early Wednesday morning, are expected to lead to more substantive talks the next day.
But Trump’s diplomatic efforts will come as his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is expected to allege “criminal conduct” by Trump in his first public testimony before Congress. Lawmakers are also busy with a measure, approved by the Democratic-controlled House, to repeal Trump’s border wall emergency.
White House officials, mindful that Trump’s visit to Vietnam is competing for public attention, attacked Cohen as Air Force One touched down in Vietnam on the eve of the summit. And hours later, the White House formally threatened to veto the resolution to halt his emergency declaration.
“It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.