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President Trump arrived in Singapore Sunday for a historic summit with his former nemesis Kim Jong Un, one day after torpedoing trade talks with some of America’s staunchest allies at the G7 summit in Canada.
Trump arrived two days ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with the North Korean leader whom he had once threatened to annihilate with “fire and fury.” Kim and his entourage also arrived in Singapore Sunday.
Trump’s recent remarks about Kim have been far more conciliatory — even flattering the man he once derided as “Rocket Man” as a “very honorable leader.” The U.S. president is eyeing a chance to make history, if he succeeds against all odds, to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons.
His administration in recent weeks has toned down expectations for these talks and is couching the meeting as a more of an opportunity to get acquainted. Still, Trump appears to relish the chance to be at the center of the world stage and to burnish his credentials as a statesman and self-styled “dealmaker.”
As a press conference at the G7 summit wound down on Saturday, Trump made his usual blustery statements about his skill as a negotiator, bragging that he would be able to discern “in the first five seconds” whether Kim was serious about these talks.
Angela Merkel's office has released this photo taken today at the G7, which tells you a lot about how things went. pic.twitter.com/IXX6K3ayys
— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 9, 2018
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