Trump expects ‘terrific relationship’ with North Korea after Singapore talks

Trump expects ‘terrific relationship’ with North Korea after Singapore talks

By Luke Vargas   
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North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un embraces President Trump at the start of face-to-face meetings in Singapore. June 12, 2018. White House Photo/Shealah Craighead
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un embraces President Donald Trump at the start of face-to-face meetings in Singapore on Tuesday. (Shealah Craighead/White House Photo)

Kim Jong Un cracked a visible smile when President Trump predicted the two countries 'we will have a terrific relationship' after talks in Singapore.

SINGAPORE – President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for face-to-face negotiations in Singapore on Tuesday, saying he expects a “terrific relationship” to emerge from the historic talks.

In the striking choreography expected of such a high-stakes meeting, the two men made their first acquaintance after walking toward each other down long colonnades at the posh Capella Hotel. Trump and Kim shook hands before a wall of North Korean and American flags and wore stiff expressions as they posed for photos.

Moments later inside a nearby conference room, with both men seated beside their translators, Trump offered the following:

“I feel really great. We’re going to have a great discussion and I think tremendous success – we’ll be tremendously successful. It’s my honor, and we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”

Once that quote was translated, Kim cracked a smile before saying he was glad obstacles that once stood in the way of their meeting had been cleared.

President Donald J. Trump watches as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, walks toward him for their first-ever meeting, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Capella Hotel in Singapore. White House Photo/Stephanie Chasez)
President Donald Trump watches as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks toward him for their first-ever meeting on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel in Singapore. (Stephanie Chasez/White House Photo)

After 40 minutes alone, Trump and Kim strode together down a balcony and entered a larger conference room for what has been billed as an expanded bilateral meeting. The U.S. delegation in that meeting included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Both delegations will swell again again over a working lunch, and that’s where the details of this fast-paced summit get hazy.

North Korean State Media reports Kim is prepared to leave Singapore by 2 p.m. local time.

Trump, meanwhile, is expected to brief the press before his own evening departure, though White House officials have made it clear the schedule is still up in the air, and if Kim and Trump want to keep talking, the summit will go on.

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