By Anne Huang
US president Donald Trump departed from his Shangri-La Plaza today roughly around 11:45 AM to meet up with Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Although Loong looked to be quite pleased to meet Trump, during the handshake, Trump appears to be quite drained, which would be understandable considering his long travel to Singapore and the pressure of meeting up with the unpredictable North Korean leader.
Following the meeting, the two proceeded to have lunch together. The lunch also included Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister of Economic and Social Policy Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister of Law K. Shanmugam, Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran, Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, and other high ranked officials.
Aside from Trump himself, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also present, as well as National Security Advisor of the United States John R. Bolton, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and several more.
Trump headed to Singapore this time for the upcoming summit between him and Kim Jong-un. Loong revealed in yesterday’s interview that this is only a courtesy meeting. He wants to heart out Trump’s thoughts in order to prove and express his country’s as well as his very own full support
Many have considered the handshake to be a breakthrough between US and Singapore’s long-term hostility toward each other. Both leaders appeared to be quite optimistic with tomorrow’s meeting. Trump believed the meeting “could work out very nicely”, and Loong agreed with Trump, also saying that “We’ve got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, I think things could work out very nicely” during a bilateral meeting with the PM.