A daunting to-do list ahead of historic summit
White House aides preparing for policy plans, negotiating tactics, even menu items
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
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.