President Donald Trump met North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un at the summit in Singapore on Tuesday.
The two leaders met and shook hands at the island resort Capella Singapore and exchanged a few words with their interpreters before entering the hotel for their one-on-one conversation.
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“I feel really great. We’ll have a great discussion,” Trump said to the press as the two leaders sat briefly. “This will be tremendously successful. It’s my honor. We will have a terrific relationship.”
Kim commented that the pair overcame obstacles to be at the summit.
“It wasn’t easy for us to come here,” he said. “There was a past that grabbed our ankles and wrong prejudices and practices that at times covered our eyes and ears. We overcame all that and we are here now.”
After shaking Kim’s hand, Trump flashed a thumbs up signal to the cameras.
The president and Kim met for about 40 minutes before walking over to the second meeting with members of their staff. The two leaders waved at the press as Trump said they were going to have a “very, very good, excellent relationship.”
Reporters reviewing audio from the walk-by said that Kim’s translator said, “Many people in the world will think of this as a … form of fantasy…from a science fiction movie,” an interpretation of what Kim said to Trump.
National Security Adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and White House Chief of staff John Kelly sat with President Trump and North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong Chol, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Hom and Former North Korean foreign minister Ri Su Yong sat with Kim.
The two leaders sat down for a working lunch with an expanded group of staff which included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, and National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Asian Affairs Matthew Pottinger.
Photographers and TV cameras were allowed into the lunch briefly to mark the occasion.
“Getting a good picture everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin?” Trump joked to the photographers. “Perfect.”
The White House shared a copy of the lunch menu with the press:
Traditional prawns cocktail served with avocado salad
Green mango kerabu with honey lime dressing & fresh octopus
Korean stuffed cucumber
Beef short rib confit, served with potato dauphinois and steam broccolini, red wine sauce on the side
Combination of sweet & sour crispy pork and Yangzhou Fried Rice with homemade XO chili sauce
Soy Braised cod fish with Radish, Asian Vegetables
Dark chocolate tartlet ganacheHaagen-Dazs vanilla iced cream with cherry coulis