- The U.S. president arrived in Singapore on Sunday evening local time for talks with North Korea that could change the course of history and earn him the Nobel Peace Prize, if successful
- Trump’s skeptics say this week’s summit with Kim Jong-un will serve as little more than a misguided photo-op
- Billionaire president reassured naysayers Friday that he has ‘been preparing all my life’ for sit down with Kim
- Says he expects to know ‘within the first minute’ if his negotiation partner is serious about denuclearization
- The White House has confirmed the two leaders will speak one-on-one for around two hours on Tuesday
- Trump says he anticipates the summit in Singapore that begins on Tuesday morning local time to be the first of several meetings that will lead to a deal
- Today he meets with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, following in Kim Jong-un’s footsteps Sunday
By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM IN SINGAPORE and CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE
President Donald Trump will meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un one-on-one when the two leaders come face to face for the first time at Tuesday’s historic summit in Singapore.
The White House confirmed the leaders will speak with only translators present for around two hours before being joined by the rest of their delegations.
Both leaders are now in Singapore ahead of the talks, with Trump given an early 72nd birthday cake by the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the pair spoke over lunch. Trump’s actual birthday is June 14.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said America is prepared to offer North Korea ‘unique’ security guarantees if the country is willing to give up its nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile Trump told Prime Minister Loong that he is preparing for a ‘very interesting meeting tomorrow,’ adding: ‘We’ve got very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I just think it’s going to work out very nicely.’
Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Monday ahead of his meeting with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un and was presented with an early 72nd birthday cake by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
The White House has confirmed that Trump, pictured having lunch with Prime Minister Loong, will speak with Kim Jong Un one-on-one for around two hours when the summit gets underway
After sharing a working lunch with Mr Lee, Trump was due to spend his evening on Monday in briefings with senior members of his administration ahead of his meeting with Kim on Tuesday
Trump is being accompanied to the summit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured to his left) who has said America is prepared to offer North Korea ‘unique’ security guarantees if the country agrees to give up its nukes
President Donald Trump says there is ‘excitement in the air’ in Singapore, where he spent his afternoon at the presidential palace in Singapore in several sessions and a working lunch with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
President Donald Trump is spending his afternoon at the presidential palace in Singapore in several sessions and a working lunch with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
U.S. President Donald Trump and his delegation have lunch with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and officials at the Istana in Singapore. To the president’s left is White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. And to his right is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Also at the table: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, National Security Advisor John Bolton and Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller
Singapore’s foreign minister tweeted a picture of Trump grinning as he was applauded by his chief of staff and secretary of state during the luncheon today that was closed off to press.
The visit to see Lee was the only outward facing item on Trump’s agenda on the eve of his face-to-face with Kim.
A meet and greet at Trump’s hotel with embassy staff was also being held off camera, and after lunch the White House said there would be no more appearances on Monday in public for the U.S. president.
A White House official told DailyMail.com that Trump, who was not accompanied abroad by the first lady, would spend his evening in briefings with senior staff preparing for the summit with Kim that was due to kick off first thing Tuesday.
An initial meeting was to take place at 9 am local time with the potential for others to follow before Trump.
Trump’s wide open schedule on Monday morning left the U.S. president plenty of time to tweet.
He sent several playing up the U.S. trade deficit with Canada and the European Union before landing on the point of his Singapore summit.
‘Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!’ he stated.
Trump did not take questions about the summit from press as he met with Lee at the presidential palace.
The two leaders shared a quick handshake and then walked into their working lunch behind aides staffing them during the two-hour visit.
Trump told his host, ‘We do appreciate your hospitality, your professionalism, and your friendship.’
Lee said to him at the luncheon table ‘thank you’ in the only remarks that were captured by journalists.
A security vehicle in the motorcade transporting U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the Istanaa on Monday
President Trump is seen waving from the window of his limo, which travels with the U.S. president everywhere he goes, in Singapore on Monday
The motorcade transporting U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the Istana, or presidential palace, in Singapore on Monday afternoon
GET BACK! Hotel security staff try to hold back members of the press as the car carrying United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim tries to leave the Ritz-Carlton hotel after a meeting with North Korean vice-foreign minister Choe Son Hui on Monday
A tweet from Singapore’s foreign minister later showed President Trump being presented with a birthday cake and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly applauded the 71-year-old U.S. president.
‘Celebrating birthday, a bit early,’ the caption said.
Trump turns 72 this week on Thursday.
Earlier in the day North Korean vice-foreign minister Choe Son Hui and a delegation of North Korean officials met with U.S. officials, including United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Singapore to negotiate the final details of tomorrow’s summit.
As the lunch was concluding, Pompeo said in an update,’The President and the entire U.S. team are looking forward to tomorrow’s summit. We have had substantive and detailed meetings to date, including this morning with the North Koreans.
‘I would like to thank our Singaporean hosts for their gracious hospitality in helping to organize the summit,’ he said. ‘The President is well-prepared for tomorrow’s engagement with Chairman Kim. The U.S. position remains clear and unchanged.’
Trump’s wide open schedule on Monday morning left the U.S. president plenty of time to tweet
North Korean vice-foreign minister Choe Son Hui (2nd-R) arrives at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Singapore on Monday for meetings with the U.S. delegation
The U.S. president arrived in Singapore on Sunday evening local time for talks could change the course of history and earn him the Nobel Peace Prize, if successful in convincing the world’s most isolated nation to end its pursuit of mankind’s most deadly weapons.
After a grueling 21 hours of travel that included a refueling stop on a Greek island, Trump touched down at Paya Labar Air Base in Singapore. He told journalists nearby he was feeling ‘very good’ about his meeting on Tuesday with Kim and then sped off in his motorcade to conclude his first evening in the country in privacy of his room at the Shangri-La, the luxury hotel housing the U.S. delegation.
He followed in the footsteps of Kim today by meeting with Lee after the North Korean leader yesterday met with the head of the summit’s host nation after his own arrival on Sunday afternoon via an Air China flight.
Kim is staying at the St. Regis hotel, near Trump. The foreign leaders will hold their summit at a third location, the Capella Resort, ensconced on 30 acres of land south of the city on Sentosa Island.
Their face-to-face discussion tomorrow will be a first between a U.S. president and North Korean autocrat since Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, assumed power in 1948.
President Trump has boldly predicted that the summit with Kim Jong-un will be a ‘great success’ and have a positive outcome not just for the two parties but for the world at large.
And if the summit doesn’t go as planned, the Trump administration said Sunday it would be Canada’s fault for trying to exploit its relationship with the U.S.
‘Sorry, we cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore,’ Trump tweeted. ‘We must put the American worker first!’
Trump signaled Monday in his first tweets from Singapore exactly where his focus was heading into a nuclear summit with Kim Jong-un – and it wasn’t on the decades-old dispute with North Korea over its threatening behavior.
Trump instead took aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he’s been sparring with from across the International Dateline over steel and aluminum tariffs the U.S. imposed on its allies in the name of national security.
‘Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal,’ Trump on Monday morning harrumphed. ‘According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!’
The European Union was next on Trump’s list, with the president complaining in follow-up tweets that the U.S. foots the bill for the bulk of the West’s shared security through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization only to get ripped off by the very same countries in the trade arena.
Only after the rant did Trump mention the ‘excitement in the air’ in Singapore, the high-class city that doubles as a nation and is generously footing bill for his Kim summit.
After pitching himself as the world’s greatest negotiator with an unmatched ability to drive a bargain, Donald Trump will have his shot this week at one of the white whales of high-stakes deals: a North Korean nuclear accord. Trump is seen here arriving Sunday night in Singapore
After a grueling 21 hours of travel that included a refueling stop on a Greek island, Trump touched down at Paya Labar Air Base on Sunday evening
He gave a short wave to the press, and told journalists nearby he was feeling ‘very good’ about his meeting on Tuesday morning local time with Kim Jong-un
US President Donald Trump (C) is welcomed by Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (L) after Air Force One arrived at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore on Sunday evening
In this photo released by the Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore, Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan greets Kim at the Changi International Airport on Sunday
Police officers patrol outside the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore ahead of the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump is staying in the Shangri-La for the duration of the summit
A vehicle carrying Kim Jong-un travels through Singapore on Sunday. Kim had not been seen out and about on Monday
Spectators gathered to watch the Air China flight carrying Kim land on Sunday afternoon local time in Singapore
A first-term president with no prior political experience who has a flare for the dramatics, Trump’s skeptics say this week’s summit with Kim will serve as little more than a misguided photo-op.
His admission in the lead up to the trip that he’d done little to get ready for the face-to-face with the 33-year-old dictator and was relying on his ‘attitude’ and ‘willingness’ to strike an accord did little to lessen anxiety at home that Trump would make a catastrophic mistake.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday chided that ‘the situation is far too dangerous for seat of the pants negotiating’ after warning Trump earlier in the week against entering an agreement with Kim ‘just for the sake of reaching a deal.’
The sniping from the sidelines prompted Trump to charge that Schumer and his party ‘did NOTHING about North Korea’ and is now ‘telling me what to do at the Summit the Dems could never set up.’
‘Schumer failed with North Korea and Iran,’ he tweeted, ‘we don’t need his advice!’
The 71-year-old billionaire whose birthday is Thursday reassured naysayers Friday that he has ‘been preparing all my life’ for the showdown with Kim and said Saturday at a media availability that ‘within the first minute’ he expects to know if his negotiation partner is serious about denuclearization.
‘I think I’ll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen,’ Trump said at an impromptu news conference after the G7 summit. ‘And if I think it won’t happen, I’m not going to waste my time. I don’t want to waste his time.’
Trump has repeatedly said he will get up and leave the meeting that he now claims will be only a first step in the direction of North Korean denuclearization if talks are not productive.
‘I think it’s a ‘getting to know you’ meeting, plus,’ he said last week, setting expectations, after a visit from Kim’s lead negotiator. ‘And that can be a very positive thing,’ he added.