A daunt­ing to-do list ahead of his­toric sum­mit

White House aides pre­par­ing for pol­icy plans, ne­go­ti­at­ing tac­tics, even menu items

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WASHINGTON—Who sits where? What’s on the agenda? Will they eat to­gether? What’s the se­cu­rity plan?

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his team have a daunt­ing to-do list to work through as they pre­pare for next month’s ex­pected sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump’s plan to meet with Kim may have come as a sur­prise de­ci­sion, but his team hopes to leave noth­ing to chance when they come to­gether in Singapore.

They’re gam­ing out pol­icy plans, ne­go­ti­at­ing tac­tics, even menu items.

“We’re work­ing on the de­tails, the ac­tual block­ing and tack­ling at the meet­ing,” Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said last Sun­day on CBS’ Face the Na­tion. With two un­pre­dictable lead­ers, it’s hard to an­tic­i­pate ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity.

But White House aides are ex­pect­ing hard­ball ne­go­ti­at­ing tac­tics — al­ready in ev­i­dence this week as the North Kore­ans cast fresh doubt on the sit-down.

Leader sum­mits on this level are a mas­sive un­der­tak­ing. Much like ice­bergs, only a small frac­tion of the work is vis­i­ble above the wa­ter­line. De­tails on the prepa­ra­tions at thes­tar.com

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With the sum­mit meet­ing be­tween North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ap­proach­ing, Trump’s team hopes to leave noth­ing to chance when they come to­gether in Singapore.

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