Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump showed Kim an iPad video about North Korea's future

Trump showed Kim an iPad video about North Korea's future

At this point during the summit, Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had already greeted each other, engaged in a one-on-one meeting and another with their top advisers, as well as a working lunch.

Inclusion of interpreters in such high-profile summits is not something new but for a summit between a United States president and a North Korean leader, they assume utmost significance because the chances of misinterpretation and misunderstanding are too high.

I dare you to even trying to imagine Kim staring in confusion at this insane video on an iPad while Trump watches and nods his head enthusiastically.

Which I guess makes it kind of fitting, in a bizarro universe kind of way, that Trump apparently tried to sell Kim on peace between their two nations by showing him an insane fake trailer for a movie starring them as the heroes.

"Today we had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind and we are about to make a historic change", Kim said. "Mr. Trump had said he meant to invite Mr. Kim to visit the White House", writes the Washington Times.

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Trump played the video in Korean to the North Korean leader and eight aides at their private bilateral meeting, The Straits Times reported. He traveled to China twice and to the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom. Trump left that summit early and, as he flew to Singapore, tweeted that he was yanking the USA out of the group's traditional closing statement.

The leaders met Tuesday for a historic summit that Trump had touted in recent weeks as a chance for the pair to get to know one another.

On the USA side, President Trump will be accompanied by Pompeo, Bolton, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, and Deputy Assistant to the President for Asian Affairs Matthew Pottinger. Though CNN reports the almost five-hour talk ended with only a "vague pledge" that North Korea will disarm, many on Twitter were more taken with what the world leaders dined on during their important discussion.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. During a press conference, the former real estate tycoon also took a moment to, um, praise North Korea's "great beaches", which appear to have been one of his main takeaways after observing the country's military exercises.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.

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