Trump-Kim summit: Trump predicts 'tremendous' meeting with North Korean leader

John Fritze and Michael Collins

WASHINGTON – Hours before flying to Vietnam for another face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump predicted the two will have a "tremendous summit" despite concerns about whether the nation will part with its nuclear weapons. 

"We want denuclearization," Trump told governors at the White House who are gathered in Washington for an annual meeting. "And I think he’ll have a country that will set a lot of records for speed in terms of an economy." 

Trump has lowered expectations for the summit's success in recent days, saying he's "in no rush" for North Korea denuclearize as long the country continues to hold off on testing of nuclear weapons and missiles. North Korea last tested a missile in November. 

Trump will fly Monday to Hanoi, Vietnam, for two days of meetings with  Kim, a sequel to their historic first meeting last year in Singapore.

President Trump waves goodbye as he enters Air Force One after participating in the East Asia Summit on Nov. 14, 2017, in Manila, Philippines.

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