Monday, 22 October, 2018

Trump blasts 'haters & losers' in typo-filled tweet from Singapore

Trump and Kim make history with a handshake Donald Trump calls critics of North Korea summit 'haters and losers'
Andrew Cummings | 13 June, 2018, 01:00

Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman flew into Singapore late Monday ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, playing down expectations of an immediate breakthrough at the historic meeting. He went out of his way to be cordial during two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April and May.

The official declined to say how long the first meeting is expected to last, but said it will take place prior to an expanded meeting where USA and North Korean officials would be in attendance.

Shortly after arriving in Singapore in the afternoon, Mr Kim, who is Chairman of the State Affairs Commission in North Korea, the nation's highest decision-making body, met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the first time.

He also made a stop at the global media centre at the F1 Pit Building, which will be the base for the thousands of journalists in town to cover the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim.

Karen Leong, Managing Director of Singapore-headquartered Influence Solutions, said Trump did not display any of the hostility seen at the G7 summit in Canada last week, during which the USA leader blasted allies including the European Union and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday in Singapore. Trump had earlier tweeted about the "excitement in the air!"

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Others, however, insisted that Trump looks like he's in control of the situation in the photo. Trump said the tariffs are necessary for national security.

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Ms Serena Lim, 58, who is in the property industry, said: "It's an honour that Singapore was chosen to host the summit". But he has since lowered expectations, backing away from an original demand for North Korea's swift denuclearisation .

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Both Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump nonetheless appeared to revel in the pageantry of creating historic images, smiling and repeatedly shaking hands as they sat down for the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two countries.

Mr Lee also wished Mr Kim success for the summit, and expresssd the hope that it would help along prospects for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and the wider region.

A White House statement said Trump will hold a one-on-one meeting with Kim Tuesday morning, with only translators present, followed by a working lunch and an expanded bilateral meeting that will include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

It is the first time a sitting United States president has ever met a North Korean leader. The North Korean approach, he added was: "Let's be friends (ie, change the relationship), and then we will change our behaviour".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meanwhile, said on Monday that preparatory talks had moved "quite rapidly", with the US prepared to provide North Korea security assurances that are "unique" from what it has previously offered.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies, withdrawing from the G-7 joint communique, escalating a trade fight and launching blistering criticism against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Libya's Moammar Gadhafi gave up his nuclear weapons program, only to fall from power.

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