President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un

By Ben Westcott, James Griffiths, Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha, CNN
5:55 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019
9:04 p.m. ET, February 27, 2019

Trump: North Korea can be "economic powerhouse"

From CNN's Ben Westcott

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met for the second day at the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi.

Trump, speaking to reporters, said North Korea could be an "economic powerhouse" and that he was looking forward to helping make it happen.

"I think it's going to be something very special," he said, as he sat next to Kim.

Through a translator, Kim said the whole world was looking at the meeting right now, adding he looked forward to a "wonderful dialogue."

8:59 p.m. ET, February 27, 2019

Trump looks to refocus attention after Cohen testimony

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

As President Trump awoke in Hanoi on Thursday morning, the Wednesday evening US prime-time newscasts continued to pick through the unsparing allegations his longtime former attorney and adviser Michael Cohen had leveled against Trump during his testimony before the House Oversight Committee.

During his seven hours of testimony, Cohen accused Trump of being a "racist," a "conman" and a "cheat." He claimed that Trump was aware during the 2016 campaign of his longtime political adviser Roger Stone's communications with WikilLeaks about the release of hacked Democratic emails. And once again -- this time before the cameras -- he implicated Trump in federal crimes.

During his full day of meetings with Kim, Trump is looking to refocus attention on his high-stakes diplomatic gambit with North Korea, even though it's Cohen's testimony that will surely be a focus of questioning during a news conference later on Thursday.

8:52 p.m. ET, February 27, 2019

Trump's motorcade arrives at summit location

From CNN's Samantha Beech

Kim's motorcade heads to the summit location through the streets of Hanoi.

President Trump and his team have arrived at the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi to begin the day of talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Kim is still en route to the summit location.

As the two motorcades passed through the streets of Hanoi, locals snapped photos and waved flags from the sidewalks.

8:32 p.m. ET, February 27, 2019

Trump just left his hotel for the summit

From CNN's Ben Westcott

President Donald Trump has left the JW Marriott hotel in Hanoi and is on his way to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Thursday's events are expected to be held entirely at the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi.

The two men will spend most of the day in negotiations before a signing ceremony at about 2 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).

8:07 p.m. ET, February 27, 2019

Trump, Kim deal will likely be "incremental"

From CNN's Ben Westcott

Police officers line up outside the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi where Kim and Trump will meet again on Thursday.

North Korea experts say whatever Kim Jong Un and President Trump agree to at their signing ceremony Thursday afternoon, no one should expect any major concessions.

Among the likely outcomes are a mutual exchange of liaison officers for the first time and the announcement of a peace agreement signifying the official end of the Korean War.

"(It) sets into place the idea that this is a new era that we're entering into," says John Park, director of the Korea Working Group at Harvard Kennedy School.

US negotiators already appear to have dropped earlier requests for a full accounting of North Korea's nuclear program as part of a second summit agreement.

Park said the Thursday agreement might be "incremental" but both sides were focusing on producing "tangible outcomes."

7:22 p.m. ET, February 27, 2019

Trump and Kim will sign a joint agreement Thursday

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Jeremy Diamond

President Trump and Kim Jong Un will sign a joint agreement on Thursday, according to the White House, and the President's daily schedule lists a signing ceremony after a day of meetings with Kim.

They've been working on an agreement: US officials had been working to draft an agreement with their North Korean counterparts ahead of Trump's arrival but it's not yet known what is contained in the document.

Teams from both countries had arrived earlier in Hanoi to negotiate an agreement for the two leaders to sign at the conclusion of their summit.

But it remained unclear what steps Kim was willing to take toward eliminating his nuclear arsenal or what concessions the US might offer in exchange.

6:51 p.m. ET, February 27, 2019

Kim Jong Un: Talks will require "deep thinking, effort and patience"

From CNN's Stello Ko

South Korean watch a screen reporting the Trump and Kim summit.

North Korean state media KCNA has published its first take on the dinner between leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

According to state media, Kim told Trump the two leaders had overcome "mistrust, misunderstanding, hostility and old practices."

"He added that this period required lots of deep thinking, effort and patience than ever before," KCNA said.

7:01 p.m. ET, February 27, 2019

Summit day arrives with little certainty around outcome

From CNN's Ben Westcott

Trump and Kim meet in Hanoi on Wednesday night.

In just a few hours, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will begin a full day of talks over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Both leaders shared a private dinner last night with just a few members of staff present. Neither was giving anything away about a possible deal.

"We’re going to have a very busy day tomorrow," Trump told reporters on Wednesday night.

A signing ceremony is scheduled for just after 2 p.m. local time. But what the two leaders will be agreeing to is anybody's guess.

"My expectations is still that no matter what happens Trump is going to come out and say it was a tremendous victory," says Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

9:06 a.m. ET, February 27, 2019

Trump just left dinner with Kim

From CNN's Allie Malloy

President Trump has departed dinner with North Korea's Kim Jong Un at the Metropole Hotel. Trump left the hotel 1 hour and 42 minutes after the dinner began. 

The two will meet Thursday for extended bilateral meetings before Trump departs in the evening for Washington.

We also expect a Trump press conference, per Trump this evening. We are waiting on the official schedule with timing.