CNN’s Jim Acosta shouted several questions at President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the historic summit in Singapore — but a hot mic captured what he said when he thought no one was listening.
When the two leaders walked onto a balcony, Acosta yelled several questions at them.
“Mr. President, how is the meeting going so far, sir? Any progress, Mr. President? Mr. President, how’s it going so far, sir? What do you think?” Acosta said.
“Very, very good,” Trump responded.
Acosta continued, “Mr. Kim will you give up your nuclear weapons, sir?”
Predictably, he didn’t get an answer as negotiations were underway.
When Trump and Jong Un went back inside, the cameras kept recording and a microphone picked up what Acosta said next.
"Hey, if they’re not going to let me in the f***ing meeting, then that’s what happens," Acosta appeared to say. "That’s the way it goes baby."
Reporters were not invited into the room during the high-stakes negotiations between Trump and Kim Jong Un. In one meeting, Trump and the North Korean leader were alone except for their translators as they worked to strike a deal.
At the end of the summit, President Trump and Kim Jong Un signed a historic agreement agreeing to work toward the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the United States.
“President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula,” a joint statement said. “President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
The agreement is still considered to be largely symbolic as no guarantees have been agreed upon yet.