Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives for Trump-Kim summit

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives for Trump-Kim summit

Two Democratic senators have accused President Donald Trump of "amateurish" planning of a planned Tuesday summit with North Korea, while also introducing legislation meant to block the president from preemptively striking the Asian nation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived in Singapore ahead of a historic summit with US President Donald Trump. It's where former Chinese President Hu Jin Tao stayed during the 2009 APEC Summit (and don't tell Trump, but Hillary Clinton stayed there in 2011, too).

There was speculation that the summit might continue into a second day, however Mr Trump is now scheduled to leave Singapore on Tuesday evening. However, the player has said that he will "give whatever support is needed to my friends", referring to Trump and Kim. Create peace and great prosperity for his land.

After that secretive summit, John Bolton angered North Korea when he compared the country's path to denuclearization to Libya's, leading experts to believe Trump's hawkish national security adviser was trying to sabotage the talks.

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have discussed bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the city-state's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

There was no word on how Trump was spending the night before the summit.

It's a dramatic departure for Trump, who kicked off 2018 bragging that his nuclear button is "much bigger" than Kim's.

Those points were echoed in Monday's media coverage in North Korea, which stressed that the talks with Trump would focus on forging a relationship more in tune with what was described as changing times - most likely meaning the North's new status as a nuclear-armed state - and its desire for a mechanism to ensure lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and, finally, denuclearisation.

Preliminary meetings have already begun. Trump had earlier tweeted about the "excitement in the air!" Though in sober moments he has framed the summit in Singapore this week as a mere introduction to the North Korean leader, the president, ever self-confident, has been unable to mask his apparent belief that his own unique talent as a negotiator could produce a landmark deal - on the spot.

Other young South Koreans said they were too preoccupied with their search for work to pay attention to diplomacy.

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Similarly, Krueger said Trump was unlikely to take the countermeasures lying down and could hit back with more trade restrictions. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow explained on CBS' Face the Nation that Trudeau's comments had inspired Trump's fury.

Officers combed the city on Sunday, from the old colonial section to the modern skyscrapers to the hotel on nearby Sentosa island where Trump and Kim will actually meet.

Still, some Singaporeans are getting into the swing of things.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has also arrived in Singapore and emerged from the baggage claim area at Changi airport around midnight Monday.

Olivia Enos of the USA -based Heritage Foundation is urging Trump to not ignore rights concerns.

"Thanks PM Lee for spending $20 million of taxpayers money, which can. help a lot of needy families in Singapore to survive", posted one Facebook user.

He initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.

It is no easy task. The Korean War of the early 1950s ended with a ceasefire, not a treaty. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

Exuding confidence, Trump said he has done relatively little formal preparation.

"North Korea has been preparing for this meeting for this meeting for 45 years", he said. "Just my touch, my feel". And he won't have that opportunity again.

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