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Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Inside Singapore's $20m Trump-Kim summit showcase

Inside Singapore's $20m Trump-Kim summit showcase

He joined Singapore's foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, who tweeted a selfie with a smiling Kim and Singapore Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, against a backdrop of flowers with the hashtag #Guesswhere.

Meanwhile, Law and Home Affairs Minister Shanmugam is confident that security is in place for the Trump-Kim summit.

Trump in May briefly scrapped the summit with Kim, only to later reinstate the meeting after meeting withNorth Korea official Kim Yong Chol.

Mr. Trump's actions led to an extraordinary juxtaposition: an abrupt public feud and deterioration of ties between the US and Canada at the same moment as warm words and a detente between the USA and North 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.

Special Operations Command (SOC) police officers patrol Orchard Road on June 10 ahead of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

The US President is reportedly spending a bit more time with PM Lee today - two hours of talks and a working lunch together with government officials from respective countries, according to Channel NewsAsia.

While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.

"I think we're going to have a relationship, and it will start on June 12", Trump said at the time.

"I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested U.S. sanctions and other global pressure will continue until North Korea takes steps toward denuclearization.

"Because of difficulties finding a job these days, I have lost much interest in those things".

Olivia Enos of the USA -based Heritage Foundation is urging Trump to not ignore rights concerns.

He had his first formal meeting of the summit with the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong. He also told Lee the decision to hold the summit in the island city-state of Singapore was "made very consciously" and offered his gratitude.

In March, Trump surprised the world by accepting an invitation from Kim to meet in person.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire US mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the USA and the North.

Larry Kudlow, Trump's economic adviser, said Sunday on CNN that Trudeau's criticism had damaged Trump's prestige before the summit - and that's why Trump reacted so strongly.

North Korea, it concludes, can only "actively contribute to world peace and human wellbeing", by engaging with other nations.

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