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TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson meets with President Trump

Posted: 9:42 PM, May 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-23 16:18:35Z
TODAY'S TMJ4's Benson meets with President Trump

President Donald Trump is preparing for a historic summit with North Korea, but there are concerns from the White House that it may not happen.

TODAY'S TMJ4’s Charles Benson was the only Wisconsin reporter to meet with the president in the Oval Office.

Benson's meeting with Trump in the White House came on a busy day of news about the much talked about and anticipated summit with North Korea.

The stakes are high as Trump meets with South Korea's President Moon Jae-In to talk about their nemesis to the north. 

A historic summit with North Korea is on Trump's calendar for June 12, but doubts remain if the North Korean leader Kim Jon Un is serious about peace and denuclearization. 

“We're moving along,” said Trump. “We'll see what happens. There are certain conditions we want to happen. I think we'll get those conditions. And if we don't, we won't have the meeting.”

Benson's meeting in the Oval Office followed the White House daily briefing with reporters. 

So here's what happened it was a 30-minute meeting inside the oval office with Trump in what is known as an off the record conversation. No cameras or pictures just a Q&A with the president on a range of issues from international, national and regional. 

For now, the world watches and waits to see what happens with North Korea. Victoria Coates with the National Security Council is helping Trump prepare for the summit and the possible outcomes. 

“I think rather than to predict what's got to happen we will just try to prepare the president for as many eventualities as possible," Coates said.

Moon has an autobiography titled "The Destiny." Trump’s is well known as "The Art of the Deal." Together the two men are hoping to rewrite history when it comes to North Korea.

The Wisconsin congressional delegation also watching closely summit developments with North Korea. 

"I think language from the North leads us to be optimistic,” said Republican Congressman Sean Duffy. “Their problem is, if you look at history they are liars and cheaters.”

Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore says tensions have eased with North Korea for now as a possible summit approaches.

“I feel less concerned at this point about a preemptive engagement that the president had threatened,” said Moore.