The Donald is officially in town for the summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. After leaving the G7 summit a day early, the US President made the long 17-hour flight from Canada to Singapore on Air Force One and arrived at Paya Lebar Airbase a little before 8:30pm.
Trump didn’t seem to waste much time after alighting from his jet. A handshake with Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan and other Singapore officials, a little wave to the crowds, and then straight into his transport. Perhaps Trump just couldn’t wait to get away from the humidity.
His North Korean counterpart arrived much earlier at 2:35pm at Changi Airport, where his delegation was also greeted by Minister Vivian before being whisked away in a motorcade straight to The St. Regis in Tanglin. Trump and his team are expected to stay just a nine-minute walk away from Kim — the Shangri-La Hotel, where past US presidents have bunked in.
Kim has already been hosted at the Istana by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today, and it’ll be Trump’s turn tomorrow with the Singaporean leader. Then it’ll be on to the Trump-Kim summit proper the following day at Capella Hotel.