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

Sergio Conner
June 13, 2018

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's historic meeting will begin with a one-on-one encounter, a White House official confirmed to reporters in Singapore Monday.

On the eve of the first encounter between a sitting US president and a leader of North Korea, American officials are maintaining any resulting agreement must lead to an end of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile threats.

Mr Lee, for his part, thanked Mr Kim for coming to Singapore, the farthest the North Korean leader has travelled out of his country since assuming power in 2011.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get US troops off the Korean Peninsula and eventually pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

Both North Korea and the USA have nonetheless sought to set expectations high.

The two men spoke privately before a backdrop of red, white and blue flags, North Korea's single star interspersed with the stars and stripes of the American banner.

"He is not going to allow other people to suddenly take potshots at him hours before that summit", Kudlow said on CBS' Face the Nation.

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"Prime Minister Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Chairman Kim and President of the United States Donald Trump to come together for this Summit", it said.

Diplomats and foreign policy experts have criticized the idea of a USA president sitting down solo with the North Korean dictator, saying it heightens the potential for a misleading readout from Kim that could come into conflict with Trump's account of the exchange. Trump said in a tweet.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has landed in Singapore ahead of a summit with US President Donald Trump that could end a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and transform his impoverished country.

He added that Singapore had been following developments on the Korean peninsula for a very long time.

They are looking to hammer out a deal that may see North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for security guarantees.

Mr Lee also wished Mr Kim success for the summit, and expressed the hope that it would improve prospects for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the wider region. "I asked him, I said I have something to say from North Korea and he just brushed me off". Mr. Trump "gets along so well with ruthless, brutal dictators, but you have this acrimonious, hostile relationship with the Canadian Prime Minister?"

The smiles on Tuesday "don't mean anything" unless they are followed by specific commitments to make change in North Korea, Mr. Pinkston said.

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