— CNN (@CNN) June 10, 2018
Courtesy of Time:
President Donald Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday evening, joining North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the island city-state ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history, a Tuesday sit-down meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.
Air Force One touched down at a military air base, traveling from Canada, where Trump had attended a meeting of the Group of Seven Nations.
Hours earlier, a jet carrying Kim landed, and after shaking hands with the Singapore foreign minister, Kim sped through the city’s streets in a massive limousine, two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted windows and bound for the luxurious and closely guarded St. Regis Hotel.
Kim smiled broadly Sunday evening as he met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
“The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America, and thanks to your sincere efforts … we were able to complete the preparations for the historic summit,” Kim told Lee through an interpreter.
Yeah, getting to meet face to face with an American president is a huge win for Kim Jong Un.
In fact, if this whole thing goes bust he still returns the conquering hero to his people.
Trump, on the other hand, especially after the disastrous G7 summit, has quite a lot to lose.
If this blows up in his face, he looks like an idiot for traveling to far without a framework in place for success.
And if there is any success it simply appears that Trump is better at negotiating with dictators than he is with American allies.
I take it back, there is actually no pathway to victory for Trump here.