Sentosa (June 12, 2018): United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island today.
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met and shaken hands, kicking off their history-making summit Tuesday morning.
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Speaking to reporters after their first handshake, President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un expressed optimism that the summit would be a success.What Trump expressed hope that the historic summit would be “tremendously successful.” Sitting next to the North Korean leader, Trump said, “We will have a terrific relationship ahead.”
Whereas Kim said there were a number of “obstacles” to the meeting taking place in Singapore today. “We overcame all of them and we are here today,” he told reporters through a translator.President Trump and Kim held their first handshake for a dozen seconds as they exchanged a few inaudible words before a display of American and North Korean flags. It was just the beginning of a warm exchange of body language between the two men.
Trump briefly grabbed Kim’s upper arm at the beginning of their handshake and then put his arm on Kim’s back to guide them to their meeting room.They then spoke briefly in a corridor before entering their meeting room and both men were smiling as they shook hands again with just two interpreters at their sides.
Trump patted Kim on the back at several points as they made their way along a colonnade to a room for their first meeting.Trump also offered Kim a thumbs’ up after Kim said “we overcame all” of the obstacles that stood in their way.
They are the first leaders of their respective countries to meet, the culmination of months of diplomatic wrangling and negotiations. It is a stunning development for the two nations, who regularly traded threats and insults throughout 2017.The two men will now meet one-on-one meeting in the Capella Hotel, accompanied only by their translators, ahead of expanded talks at 10 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET).On the agenda is North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, which Trump is hoping to convince them to abandon in exchange for economic assistance.
Earlier North Korea’s Kim Jong Un’s motorcade arrived at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, ahead of his historic summit with President Trump.
President Trump has emerged from his limousine at the site of his summit with Kim Jong Un. Cameras captured Trump, in a red tie, stepping from his car and into the hotel building.Moments after he arrived at the summit site for his historic meeting, President Trump sent a tweet announcing that chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow has suffered a heart attack.
“Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center,” Trump tweeted.
Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack. He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2018
Kudlow was not travelling with the President in Singapore, but he had just returned to the US from the G7 summit in Canada, where trade tensions dominated the atmosphere.
They are expected to meet one-on-one, only accompanied by translators, for almost an hour starting from 9 a.m. local time (9 p.m. ET.)