Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Trump celebrates birthday during lunch with Singapore PM Lee

Trump celebrates birthday during lunch with Singapore PM Lee

Ahead of his arrival, Trump acknowledged he is heading into "unknown territory" for the meeting Tuesday. "It is a historic negotiation, and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong", Kudlowsaid.

"I bet the North will not abandon nuclear weapons", he said, adding that the USA and its allies should use both "carrots and sticks" to force the North to do so. However, the South Carolina Republican noted that he is "not here to spread democracy" or to unite the North with South Korea. Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Kim and Trump to come together for the Summit.

Ha Yeon Kim, who has interpreted for TIME, says that while she was translating the 2016 USA presidential election campaign into Korean for Seoul television station Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), she was surprised by the often "very non-presidential" language Trump directed at Republican candidate Jeb Bush and others. But it's unclear what that security guarantee would entail.

"Even after the two leaders open the dialogue, we will need a long process that may take one year, two years or even longer to completely resolve the issues".

In turn, as the cameras rolled at a farewell ceremony at the end of their first summit, Kim held hands with the South's Moon - for several minutes.

A large limousine with a North Korean flag could then be seen surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted window as it sped through the city's streets to the St Regis Hotel, where China's President Xi Jinping once stayed.

Kim and his delegation arrived aboard an Air China 747, according to Singapore's Straits Times.

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Singapore has spent $S20 million hosting the summit, half of that on security costs, with Lee saying it was "in our profound interest" to contribute to such an global endeavour.

Pompeo has maintained that complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is the "only outcome" acceptable to the US and that the Trump administration hopes ultimately to reach an agreement with the North Koreans that it can submit to Congress "so that when administrations do change, as they inevitably do, and this one will ... that Chairman Kim will have comfort that American policy will continue down the same path". But, death grip handshakes aside, Trump has so far been gushingly polite in his dealings with Asian leaders. "I don't envy the translators at the summit, because they are going to have to make split-second decisions".

Is Kim Jong Un fluent in English? And after being asked directly whether he agreed with a fellow Trump administration official that there was a "special place in hell" for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pompeo demurred, declining to disavow the inflammatory statement made Sunday by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro.

Korean Studies Institute director David Kang said: "The most we can hope to get out of this is that Kim and Trump find that they can have some working relationship".

"The entire world is watching the historic summit between the DPRK (North Korea) and the United States of America", Kim told Lee, using his country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

After more than a day's silence on Twitter, Trump posted four tweets about trade disagreements that were the talk of the G-7 conference, followed by a quick mention of the summit he is now attending - writing "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!" - before turning back to tweeting about trade once more.

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