"Kim and Trump both seem to want the same thing: a dramatic reversal in the U.S". New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who was on the same show, said, "I love my friend Lindsey Graham, but I think we need a chance at peace". "You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals".
During his meeting, Trump was presented with an early birthday cake. He is turning 72 on June 14.
He was greeted by Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan as he stepped off his plane. "Celebrating birthday, a bit early", he wrote.
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U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim led the United States delegation while Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui was part of North Korea's delegation.
Trump's North Korean counterpart had also attended a meeting with PM Lee at the Istana yesterday for a half-hour session. USA officials were quoted as saying that the two leaders could spend the first two hours alone with translators but not advisors.
During the flight from Canada to Singapore, the president spent time meeting with his staff, reading materials, and preparing for his meetings in Singapore.
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"We've got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow", Trump said at a luncheon with the Singapore prime minister on Monday.
"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. "Prime Minister Lee and Chairman Kim discussed Singapore-DPRK relations, developments in the DPRK and regional developments, including the recent positive developments on the Korean Peninsula", the statement reads.
It also offered a list of Pyongyang's talking points, saying Kim and Trump will exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing a new relationship, the issue of building a "permanent and durable peace mechanism" and realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
President Trump traveled to the summit - which will be the first-ever meeting between a USA president and a North Korean leader - from a G7 meeting in Quebec, Canada.
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He also felicitated his Chinese counterpart on successful conduct of the SCO Summit in China and wished it a resounding success. India, which recently joined the SCO, might have a few words to say about China's behavior in contested territory.
Despite the initial high stakes of a summit meant to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, the talks have been portrayed by Trump in recent days more as a get-to-know-each-other meeting.
The meeting was Trump's only scheduled public event as White House officials prepared for the critical meeting on Tuesday with Kim.
Singapore has spent $S20 million hosting the summit, half of that on security costs, with Lee saying it was "in our profound interest" to contribute to such an global endeavour.
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