Lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and ice cream were on the lunch menu, and there was also an early birthday cake for Trump, who turns 72 on Thursday. Rodman went on Instagram to announce that he will be there to "give whatever support is needed" for Trump and Jong Un.
Not only was Trump uninterested in mending fences over the trade dispute with America's closest traditional allies, he was also eager to get to the talks with Kim.
He said that although, the "maximum pressure" campaign is still in effect regarding sanctions on North Korea, "We don't use the term anymore because we're going into a friendly negotiation". "A Pompeo level that will meet frequently to implement on a timeline, the mandates, the declarations that these two leaders have made?" said Cha who was once the Trump administration's nominee to be the US ambassador. We have to get something going.
Chairman Kim yesterday held a meeting with Prime Minister Lee.
Trump responded to that commentary Tuesday on Twitter, saying: "The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers".
Facing a pointed question about what he hoped to gain out of the summit, Trump responded with the following.
Kim was the first to arrive in Singapore, landing at Changi airport on a commercial Air China plane, after intense speculation with the public tracking three separate aircraft leaving Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.
Before Monday, official news outlets had reported only that the two leaders planned to meet, without saying where or when or offering any other specifics.
Kim's full delegation has not yet been confirmed, but other prominent North Korean officials seen in photos included foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Chang Son - the man who has been in Singapore in recent weeks negotiating logistical details for the summit.
Trade generated Trump's problems at the G-7 summit this past weekend in Canada.
"There's a good chance it won't work out", he continued.
The issue at the Singapore summit: North Korea's nuclear weapons.
Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the United States and North Korea.
In the past, Kim has refused to give up nuclear weapons, calling them essential to his country's survival.
Numerous architects of the Sunshine policy, including Lee, advise the Moon administration and were invited to a dinner on the sidelines of the first summit between Moon and Kim Jong Un in April.
Even if Kim offers only "a fine-sounding rhetorical commitment, and maybe a few missile surrendered or some site closures", he said, Trump will "market this thing as something extraordinary for his voters back home". "You know if you like someone in first five minutes" Trump added.
It was a striking about-face from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged USA dotard".
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