(National Sentinel) Negotiations: President Donald Trump departed for Singapore for his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Sunday, but it appears as though things are going better than expected and he will be departing the city-state sooner than expected.
As reported by The Western Journal:
The White House says President Donald Trump will be leaving Singapore a day earlier than scheduled because talks with North Korea about denuclearization are moving ahead “more quickly” than the president initially anticipated.
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet face to face — the first-ever summit between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader — Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Singapore, or 9 p.m. Eastern Time Monday in the U.S.
“Following the initial greeting, President Trump and Chairman Kim will participate in a one-on-one meeting, with translators only, an expanded bilateral meeting, and a working lunch,” a statement from the White House said.
Detailed discussions between U.S. and North Korea officials “are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected,” the White House statement added.
The president had been scheduled to leave Singapore on Wednesday morning, but he will now be departing Tuesday night.
In addition, the White House has released Trump’s official Singapore schedule (all times are Eastern):
Just out: Official White House schedule for the Trump/Kim summit –>
—9p ET: Trump greets Kim
—9:15p ET: Bilateral meeting
—10p ET: Expanded bilateral
—1130p ET: Working lunch between Trump + Kim
—4a ET: Trump news conference
—630a ET: Trump departs Singapore
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) June 11, 2018
POTUS Trump noted last week that the meeting could go quickly, as he said he’d know almost immediately whether Kim was serious in his claim that he would agree to a denuclearization plan.
“The president is fully prepared for the meeting,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in advance of the historic meeting, The Western Journal reported.
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