Singapore is footing the hotel bill for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his contingent, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Monday. Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers, a US official said.
The event-specific symbol features what appears to be a high-five between a hand representing the US president and one representing the North Korean dictator known for executing his political enemies and exiling large swaths of his nation to prison camps, where they face starvation and torture.
"We appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and friendship", Trump said, seated at a long banquet table ahead of a working lunch with delegations from the USA and Singapore.
Authorities have beefed up security around the hotels where Trump and Kim (Saint Regis) will be staying in central Singapore.
He expressed hope that Mr Trump and Mr Kim would be able to make progress.
"The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers", Trump wrote on Twitter from Singapore on Tuesday morning.
"She called me and said, 'Dennis, Donald Trump is so proud of you".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meanwhile, said on Monday that preparatory talks had moved "quite rapidly", with the USA prepared to provide North Korea security assurances that are "unique" from what it has previously offered.
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"The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America", Kim told Lee through an interpreter when they met Sunday.
Reporters asked Mr. Kim several times whether he would give up his nuclear weapons. Mr. Trump "gets along so well with ruthless, brutal dictators, but you have this acrimonious, hostile relationship with the Canadian Prime Minister?"
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Kim has shown surprising diplomatic skills in his meetings with overseas leaders this year.
A photograph showing Trump sitting with his arms folded as German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks was seen as defining the acrimonious nature of those talks. "And it's my honour and we will have a terrific relationship".
"I'm just happy to be a part of it", he told reporters at Changi Airport. "I said maybe in the first minute".
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. Among the key points in the document was North Korea's commitment to "work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".