Trump-Kim Summit Planned for Maximum Publicity

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    June 07, 2018 10:49

    U.S. President Donald Trump's birthday falls on June 14, just two days after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, which makes him even keener to drum up maximum publicity for the event.

    The summit has been scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. on Monday Eastern Standard Time (9 a.m. on Tuesday in Singapore). That means Trump can dominate TV in the U.S. as it is prime time there.

    CNN said it plans to air a documentary about the North Korean leader on the coming Sunday as a teaser for the historic summit. 

    Lee Sung-yoon from Tufts University said at a seminar in Washington on Tuesday that the summit is only a political show, voicing concerns that the meeting will produce more sound bites and video footage than substantive agreements.

    Dennis Rodman

    A farcical note will be added by the eccentric former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who is considering traveling to Singapore a day before the U.S.-North Korea summit, according to the New York Post.

    Kim and Rodman are pals, and when he visited Pyongyang in June last year, Rodman presented Kim with a copy of Trump's book, "The Art of the Deal."

    One source told the paper, "No matter what you might think about his presence, one thing's for sure the ratings will be huge. A lot of times in situations that involve complex diplomacy countries like to identify ambassadors of goodwill, and whether you agree with it or not Dennis Rodman fits the bill."

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