Today Donald Trump’s Birthday on 14th June!
Singapore Prime Minister surprises US President Donald Trump with a birthday cake ahead of the Trump-Kim meet.
Donald Trump has celebrated his 72nd birthday with a big cake as he prepares for a summit that could change the nuclear destiny of the entire world.
North Korean media today hailed a “new era” and Trump tweeted it was “great to be in Singapore, “excitement in the air!” in a heady build-up to the summit in Singapore. The meeting was Trump’s only scheduled public event on Monday.
Meanwhile, diplomats from the US and North Korea met behind closed doors at The Ritz-Carlton hotel, in a bid to narrow their differences ahead of the Trump-Kim summit on Tuesday.
The US President is expected to be alone in a room with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un for up to two hours when they meet from 2am UK time on Tuesday.
Only translators will be present for the meeting at a luxury Singapore resort, a US official said – suggesting there will be no aides or note-takers, a highly unusual move.
Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan posted a photo of Trump posing with the birthday cake. “Celebrating birthday, a bit early,” he wrote.
Celebrating birthday, a bit early. pic.twitter.com/laVLNs7J2j
— Vivian Balakrishnan (@VivianBala) June 11, 2018
Officials could then drop in for a further hour but they admitted: “We will not be surprised by any scenario.”
Trump himself has said he could make a decision in the “first minute” or “spur of the moment” – raising the possibility he could make a commitment with no aides or note-takers present.
Both leaders were kicking their heels today after arriving more than 24 hours early – while their officials rolled the pitch with two hours of initial talks.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the initial talks, thought to focus on nuclear weapons and sanctions, were moving quite rapidly.
“We anticipate that they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we anticipated,” he added.
Pompeo dropped a strong hint the US could scale back its presence in South Korea as he vowed to give Kim “unique” assurances on security.
But he said sanctions will remain and the objective has not changed – the US wants “verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” of North Korea.
Trump, who turns 72 this Thursday, was presented with his cake at a lunch meeting with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and ice cream were also on the menu.
Trump told Lee: “We appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and friendship… You’re my friend.”
Meanwhile Kim Jong-Un remained locked away from sight in the heavily guarded St. Regis Hotel where he is staying.
There was no sign of his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who accompanied him and the Guardian reported guests at the hotel were ordered to delete photos by North Korean security.
Kim arrived in Singapore yesterday surrounded by his army of running bodyguards – now famous after being shown back in April.
The summit’s venue is the Capella hotel on Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore’s port with luxury hotels, a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches.
Trump and Kim are staying in separate hotels in the famous Orchard Road area of Singapore, dotted with high-rise luxury apartment blocks, offices and glittering shopping malls.
Traffic was held up in the steamy midday sun and scores of bystanders were penned in by police when Trump went to meet Lee.
North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency said the two sides would exchange “wide-ranging and profound views” to re-set relations.
It heralded the summit as part of a “changed era”.
The US is seeking “the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.
But North Korea has previously rejected the idea of unilateral disarmament.
Trump warned last week the meeting may not give a clear outcome.
And many experts on North Korea, one of the most insular and unpredictable countries in the world, remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon nuclear weapons.
They believe Kim’s latest engagement is aimed at getting the United States to ease the crippling sanctions that have squeezed the poor country.
Pompeo said the summit was “an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity”.
But he too played down the possibility of a quick breakthrough – saying the summit should set the tone for “hard work that will follow”.
He added sanctions on Kim’s regime will “increase” if there’s no breakthrough.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said: “We have welcomed the fact the summit is taking place.
“We need to see an improvement that brings about the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
“We will continue to work with our international partners to strictly enforce existing sanctions until such time that North Korea turns its commitments into concrete steps towards denuclearisation.”
Today is my birthday. My wish is for our country to be great and prosperous again.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2012
Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.
Trump was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens, and received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He took charge of his family’s real estate business in 1971, renamed it The Trump Organization, and expanded it into Manhattan. The company built or renovated several skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. Trump later started various side ventures, including licensing his name for real estate and consumer products. He managed the company until his 2017 inauguration. He co-authored several books, including The Art of the Deal. He owned the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015, and he produced and hosted the game show The Apprentice from 2003 to 2015. According to March 2018 estimates by Forbes, he is the world’s 766th richest person, with a net worth of US$3.1 billion.
Trump entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and defeated sixteen opponents in the primaries. Commentators described his political positions as populist, protectionist, and nationalist. His campaign received extensive free media coverage; many of his public statements were controversial or false. Trump was elected president in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He became the oldest and wealthiest person ever to assume the presidency, the first without prior military or government service, and the fifth to have won the election while losing the popular vote. His election and policies have sparked numerous protests.
In domestic policy, Trump ordered a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, citing security concerns; a revised version of the ban was implemented after legal challenges. He signed tax reform legislation that cut rates, rescinded the individual insurance mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, and opened the Arctic Refuge for oil drilling. He also enacted a partial repeal of the Dodd-Frank Act that had imposed stricter constraints on banks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. He made dozens of judicial appointments, including Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
In foreign policy, Trump has pursued his America First agenda. He withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and the Paris Agreement on climate change, partially reversed the Cuban thaw, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. He imposed import tariffs on various goods from China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
After Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey, the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate coordination or links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in its election interference. Trump has repeatedly denied accusations of collusion and obstruction of justice, calling the investigation a politically motivated “witch hunt”.