February 26, 2019 | 07:25 pm PT

US President Trump praises Vietnam's economic achievements

U.S. President Donald Trump called Vietnam 'a good example' for North Korea as he met Hanoi leaders Wednesday.

  • 13h35

    President Trump leaves the Government Office and returns to the JW Marriott Hotel. He will meet with Kim Jong-un in the evening.

  • 12h30
    President Trump and PM Phuc share working lunch

    Trump was treated to a five-course lunch with several local specialties.

    - First course: Green mango salad with scallops, mint leaves and cashew nuts served with a sweet vinaigrette dressing.

    - Second course: Deep fried Hanoi-style spring rolls with shrimp, pork, vermicelli and vegetables served with sweet and sour fish sauce and red chillies.

    - Third course: King crab meat and spinach in a light seafood broth.

    - Fourth course: Grilled cod fish ; roasted Wagyu beef medallions with foie gras and a semi-sweet fermented black rice sauce; sautéed green chayote stems and leaves with garlic; steamed sticky glutinous rice with shrimp wrapped in lotus leaf.

    - Dessert: Light sugary soup consisting of lotus seeds, longans and white wood-ear mushrooms, served warm.

  • 12h20
    President Trump credits Vietnam's PM for 'tremendous progress'

    Vietnam's delegation led by PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meet with U.S. delegation at the Government Office. Photo by Ngoc Thanh

    President Trump and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc lavished praises on each other.

    PM Phuc congratulated Trump on the U.S.'s economic successes, and Trump complimented him on the "tremendous progress" Vietnam has made since his previous trip in late 2017.

    He also welcomed potential Vietnamese purchase of U.S. military equipment, saying it has "the best" equipment in the world.

  • 12h07

    President Trump with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.


    Photo by Ngoc Thanh

  • 12h07

    U.S. President Donald Trump and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc join school students in waving national flags ahead of their meeting at the Government Office.


    Photo by Ngoc Thanh

  • 11h50

    President Trump leaves the Presidential Palace after a 30-minute meeting with President Trong. He is to meet with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc later.


    Photo by Ngoc Thanh

  • 11h45
    President Trump thanks Vietnam for hosting Kim summit

    In his meeting with President Trong, Trump praised Vietnam for its economic achievements and called it a "good example of what could happen" if North Korea denuclearizes and achieves peace with the United States.

    He thanked Vietnam for hosting the second summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    "It's a very important summit in Vietnam because you're really are an example of what can happen with good thinking," he said.

    Trump remarked on the growth in relations between Vietnam and U.S., recalling his first trip to Vietnam in November 2017, when he attended the APEC Summit in Da Nang and made a state visit to Hanoi.

    He said two countries "have done a lot of trade" since.

    Several aviation deals were signed at the meeting. Vietnam's Bamboo Airways agreed to buy ten 787 Dreamliners from U.S. manufacturer Boeing and Vietjet signed a deal for 100 new Boeing aircraft worth $12.7 billion. Vietnam Airlines and Sabre signed a memorandum of understanding on providing technology solutions.

  • 11h15

    President Trump and President Trong in the conference room.


    Photo by Ngoc Thanh


    Photo by Ngoc Thanh

  • 11h05

    U.S. President Donald Trump with Vietnamese President and Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.


    Photo by Ngoc Thanh

  • 11h00

    President Trump arrives at the Presidential Palace and is greeted by Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong.

President Trump arrived in Hanoi Tuesday night for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who came in Vietnam after a more than 60-hour train journey in the morning.

He is set to meet with Vietnamese top leaders on Wednesday before having a one-on-one conversation and dinner with Kim later the same day.

This is Trump's second visit to Vietnam after November 2017, when he attended the APEC Summit in Da Nang and paid a state visit to Hanoi.