On June 12 in Singapore at 9 a.m. local time, history was made when President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un met face-to-face for the first time. And considering everything we went through to get here, it's not surprising that everyone was a little stunned that.... well, we got here. Which is why these tweets about Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un's first meeting are still just wondering what is even real, in 2018?
It was a moment that many did not think would ever happen. The President of the United States and North Korea's dictator coming together in an amicable fashion to discuss the possibility of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. That's the goal that Trump hopes to eventually achieve, and this meeting with Kim might be the first step in achieving it. As is only natural for a meeting between two world leaders, Kim and Trump posed for a photo op on June 12 on Sentosa Island in Singapore, before sitting down together for a series of private meetings, both one-on-one and with aides.
Watching these two come together, shake hands, smile, and pose for a photo before they headed into a private meeting was incredibly surreal. And Twitter users were also questioning whether or not this moment was actually real life. I'm honestly still questioning it myself.
Prior to the private meeting, Trump and Kim sat down in the room where their conversation would take place and spoke to the media. Trump said, "I feel really great," adding that, "This is an honor for me to be here, and we will have a terrific relationship going forward."
Kim also commented on the meeting via a translator, stating that, "There were a lot of obstacles on the way here, but we overcame all of them." After the brief press conference, Trump and Kim were left to speak in private, accompanied only by their respective translators.
Their discussion lasted for about 48 minutes, which, as CNN noted later, only works out to about 24 minutes of actual discussion due to the time needed for translation. Speaking after the meeting, Trump praised his relationship with Kim as "excellent" and expressed confidence for the future. "Working together, we'll get it taken care of," Trump added, according to CNN. After their private meeting, Trump and Kim joined aides for their second meeting of the day. That meeting was scheduled to last for about 90 minutes, followed by a working lunch.
So far, the moments that cameras captured of the two leaders have all looked positive and promising, so I'm feeling hopeful. But it's still far too early to know if the two leaders reached any agreements or if any significant progress was made.
As far as the public was concerned, Trump didn't exactly prepare extensively for this summit. Trump stated at a press conference in the White House on June 7 stated that, “I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about the attitude." The apparent lack of preparation sounded a bit concerning, but maybe Trump had the right idea here. As far as I'm concerned, so far so good.
Seeing as this is the first time a U.S. president has met with any North Korean leader, this summit is definitely a step forward into building a healthier relationship between these two nations, as well as the rest of the world. This may be the first of many summits to come. Maybe Trump will get other countries involved as well, and maybe the president and Kim will find a way to reach a nuclear deal. Or maybe things will take a horrible turn and these two relatively unpredictable leaders will start verbally attacking each other again. I'm definitely hoping for the best.