President Donald Trump said Monday morning that there’s “excitement in the air” ahead of his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!,” the president tweeted just before 10 a.m. in Singapore, where he is staying for the summit.
The White House said Trump and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet just after noon local time, hours before he becomes the first sitting president to meet the North Korean leader.
Before departing the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump told reporters that he will know whether or not Kim is serious about the negotiations “within the first minute.” Trump and other administration officials have said their ultimate goal is to get Kim to give up his nuclear weapons and, thereby, denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
“Just my touch, my feel,” the president said. “That’s what I do.”
While the world turns its attention to his meeting with Kim, Trump and some of his top White House advisers are feuding with Canada. Larry Kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made Trump look weak before the summit.