- President Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka arrived at the “blue house,” the presidential palace in South Korea, to meet with President Moon Jae-in for a Saturday night state dinner.
- Upon arriving, Trump and Ivanka were introduced to the K-Pop boy band EXO, who presented the pair with a signed copy of their fifth studio album “Love Shot.”
- Ivanka said she had been a fan of EXO since she saw them perform at the 2018 Winter Olympics held in the PyeongChang province of South Korea.
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President Donald Trump included a quick stop in Seoul, South Korea during his travel schedule this week, which included a four-day state visit to Japan. The White House Press Office detailed a state dinner at the “blue house,” or South Korean presidential palace, with President Moon Jae-in.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka accompanied him to the blue house, where the two were introduced to K-Pop boy band EXO, along with the South Korean first lady, foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha, and former Ladies Professional Golf Association champion Se-ri Park for a cocktail reception.
In Seoul, Trump and senior staff meet with President Moon and, unexpectedly, the star K-pop boy band Exo pic.twitter.com/QV6uzbi20r
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 29, 2019
During the meeting, President Moon told Trump and Ivanka he had invited EXO on her behalf, since she was a fan of the K-Pop band and her daughter’s birthday was coming up in July. Ivanka confirmed she had been a fan since seeing EXO perform at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang province in South Korea.
Members of EXO also presented Trump and Ivanka with a signed copy of their fifth studio album “LOVE SHOT” for her daughter’s birthday.
K-Pop fans reacted to the meeting on Twitter, with some expressing pride that EXO was chosen to represent the country of South Korea at a state meeting (the Korea Tourism Organization selected EXO as “Nation’s Pick” public ambassadors in 2018), while others were less than pleased their idols met with Trump.
— Duaa (@Duaa_exoo) June 29, 2019
Trump also noted that he could potentially meet with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un at the border between North and South Korea later in his trip, but said the details were not confirmed.