The New Yorker:
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un—the leaders of two countries that have technically been at war for the past seventy years—will make history, on Tuesday, just by shaking hands. They will meet at a luxury island resort, in Singapore, where peacocks strut the tropical grounds that were a pirates’ haven in the nineteenth century and a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in the twentieth. Two days have been allocated for the summit, although Trump said, on Saturday, that he would know “within the first minute” if a deal is doable with the North Korean leader. “If I think it won’t happen I’m not going to waste my time,” Trump said at a press conference at the G-7 summit, in Canada. “I don’t want to waste his time.”
Within just five days, Trump is navigating two tough summits that may define his legacy, and even redefine the world order. The first summit—the G-7, with America’s six closest economic allies—didn’t end so well. The talks, in Quebec, were prickly at best. Tensions were captured in rival photos. In one, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, her hands planted on a table, loomed over a seated Trump, who glared back at her with his arms folded against his chest. It was tweeted by the summit’s German spokesman. Shortly thereafter, the White House released more than a dozen photos from the summit, including one showing the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, and Japan smiling as they huddled to listen to the American President.
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