After a 24 hour break from Twitter as he traveled to Singapore and settled into his hotel, around 9 a.m. local time on Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.), Trump threw some more punches at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, continuing his trade-related feud with the United States' closest allies.
Given the incentives for both leaders to present the Singapore summit as a personal victory, the most likely outcome is that they stick to the niceties.
Trump, who is staying in a separate hotel, the Shangri-La, is due to meet Lee on Monday.
Trump and Kim landed in a city teeming with media and onlookers of all stripes, from foreign policy analysts like Kelly and Enos to former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who claims to be a friend of the two leaders. -North Korea summit must be a process, that will take time to achieve denuclearization.
So just what will a successful meeting between Trump and Kim actually look like? But any request for the United States to withdraw its 28,000 troops from South Korean bases would likely be rejected.
First, the meeting must last longer than a minute.
After more than 10 days at the DMZ, the USA diplomatic team, led by South Korean Ambassador Sung Kim, left talks with its North Korean counterparts last week without a pre-baked statement or agreed-upon path forward beyond the summit, according to administration officials.
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"I think the North will denuclearise. because it knows it has no other alternatives", he said. And the maximum, I think you know the answer to that. Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo MORE (D-N.J.) told reporters this week.
The two leaders have had an extraordinary up-and-down relationship over the past 18 months.
Second, the content of the meeting must be holistic. In my meetings with North Korea's foreign ministry, its officials have repeatedly emphasized that only a leader-to-leader dialogue could break the nuclear impasse.
Trump and Kim touched down on a sweltering early summer day in Singapore, the city-state founded in the early 19th Century as a British colony because of its position at the intersection of sea lanes between Europe and Asia.
Kim seeks relief from crippling economic sanctions imposed by the worldwide community, a non-aggression pact that would guarantee his regime's security, normalization of relations and the eventual removal of the roughly 30,000 US troops from South Korea. To this day, and technically speaking, Washington and Pyongyang are still at war. In April, Trump baffled journalists in Seoul when, in line with the thaw in their relations, he referred to Kim as a pretty "smart cookie (영리한 녀석)". Volatility and the Trump-Kim pairing go together like joint statements and the phrase "constructive talks". Kim, up until his recent high-profile summit with South Korea's president on the southern side of their shared border, has usually hunkered down behind his vast propaganda and security services, or made short trips to autocrat-friendly China. All it'll take is for Trump to fire off a jibe at Kim or vice versa for the entire summit to come to an unsavoury end, leaving understandably ticked-off Singaporeans with a wholly unnecessary bill for SG 20 million ($15 million).
Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, said he is afraid of a summit that is only a photo opportunity.