Before he begins the second day of an international summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump has confirmed a top-secret meeting between CIA Director Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seemingly contradicted his rationale for firing FBI Director James Comey, waded farther than before into the Stormy Daniels controversy and continued his feud with California Gov. Jerry Brown over illegal immigration.
The developments all came via Trump’s Twitter account between 5:59 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. before Trump and Abe headed to Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach.
Trump’s planned meeting with Kim is a prime topic of this week’s summit with Abe, and Trump revealed Tuesday that the U.S. has had “direct talks at very high levels” with the North Korean regime. Later Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that Pompeo, who is Trump’s nominee to succeed the ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, had gone to North Korea over Easter weekend to meet with Kim.
Trump confirmed that report this morning, tweeting: “Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!”
Trump also used Twitter to blast Comey, who this week launched a highly publicized tour to promote a book that criticizes Trump.
“Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!” Trump tweeted.
The tweet seems to contradict Trump’s explanation of the Comey firing last May in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt. In that interview, Trump said he had already decided to fire Comey before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended doing so over Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
“He made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”
Holt followed up: “Are you angry with Mr. Comey because of his Russia investigation?
Trump replied: “I just want somebody that’s competent. I am a big fan of the FBI.”
Trump has denied porn star Daniels’ claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, but has avoided stoking the controversy. This morning, however, he mocked Tuesday’s release by Daniels and her attorney of a composite sketch of a man she says threatened her in 2011 to keep silent about the affair.
“A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!” Trump tweeted.
Less than 30 minutes later, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted: “In my experience, there is nothing better in litigation than having a completely unhinged, undisciplined opponent who is prone to shooting himself in the foot. Always leads to BIGLY problems…like new claims (i.e. defamation). LOL. #xmas #hanukkah #basta.”