President Trump left the G7 Summit in Quebec early on Saturday to Singapore for his next summit long with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He declared the historic summit a “mission of peace” in his final statement at the G7.
“I will be on a mission of peace and will carry in my heart the hearts of millions of people from all over the world.”
In his final speech, Trump spoke positively of his next meeting saying “North Korea will be a tremendous place in a very short period of time.”
Speaking to reporters at a Press Conference before his flight, President Trump said he suggested to his colleagues at the G7 that all trade barriers including non-trade between and subsidies between their countries should all be eliminated.
“You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy free,” he said. “I did suggest it and people I guess were going to go back to the drawing board.”
Speaking of the anticipated first-time meeting with Kim, Trump said it will take him a short period of time, like within a “minute” to know if Jong Un was serious about the meeting or not.
Asked how he would know, he responded, “That’s what I do. It’s like the way they say you know if you’re going to like somebody in the first 5 seconds.
“And I’ll whether or not will happen fast…[But] if I think it won’t happen, I’m not going to waste my time and I don’t want to waste his,” he added.
Describing the meeting as a “one-time shot,” President Trump said this is was also a rare opportunity for Jong-un to do something “great” for his people and the world, indicating that he felt “confident” the talks would end well with the young dictator.
“Ireally believe that he’s going to do something positive for his people, for himself, for his family,” said Trump.
‘He’s got an opportunity the likes of which very few people have ever had,” adding, “He can take that, with this nation of great people and truly make it great.”
Before departing, Trump warned U.S. allies at the Summit against retaliation after the unilateral imposition of tariffs on aluminium and steel on foreign imports from Canada, Europe and Mexico and Canada – saying doing so would be “making a mistake”.
“The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades,” he said.
However, in their defense, President Trump said he did not blame those countries for the trade imbalance as a result of unequal G7 trade deals but nonetheless, warned that “those days are over”.
Preparations were already underway in Singapore with intense security in every street of the host city. The two leaders will meet face-to-face on June 12 at the Capella hotel in Singapore’s Sentosa Island.
Reports on the ground indicate there is heightened security everywhere with an enormous Police presence all over the small country. There are also security checkpoints on all major roads and highways leading to the hotels where both leaders and their delegates will be staying.
Kim Jong Un is reportedly staying at the St Regis hotel with his delegation whereas President Trump is at the Shangri-La hotel with his delegation.
Accompanying the President is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who has already met Kim Jong Un before and has been to North Korea twice this year in a mission that was successfully kept secret. Also accompanying the President is National Security Advisor John Bolton and Chief of Staff General John Kelly.
This is a historic moment that has captivated the world with all major networks hosting the event live minute-by-minute as it unfolds.
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