He said the details of the summit would be announced soon, with the White House saying it could take place this month as long as North Korea makes specific concessions. "I think you will be seeing very, very good things".
"The trip is being scheduled", Trump said.
"China is willing to work together with the South and North Korean sides as well as with the worldwide community and to play a relevant positive role in promoting the process of political settlement and ultimately in achieving lasting peace in the region", the president said. The location and date for the first-ever DPRK-U.S. summit has yet to be announced.
He also hinted on Friday at progress in winning the release of three Americans held in North Korea.
"Troops are not on the table", he said. "South and North Korea shared the view that the measures being initiated by North Korea are very meaningful and crucial for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and agreed to carry out their respective roles and responsibilities in this regard", the two leaders wrote in a joint statement. Two weeks ago, shortly before the inter-Korean summit, Moon said that Kim actually wasn't insisting on a longstanding demand for the withdrawal of US troops as a precondition for abandoning his nukes.
On the same day, Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton called the New York Times article "utter nonsense".
"The president has not asked the Pentagon to provide options for reducing American forces stationed in South Korea", Logan said.
But the rapidly evolving peace process with the North has led to suggestions that USA troops might not be needed if a treaty is signed.
President Donald Trump is expected to meet Kim in the coming weeks.
"A lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages", he said. But the official acknowledged that Trump has publicly expressed frustrations at the cost and size of the United States presence there, and said the issue would have to be addressed eventually.