President Donald Trump arrives in Singapore Sunday for a highly touted summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Evan Vucci/AP)
Updated at 11:47 a.m. ET
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore Sunday ahead of a highly anticipated summit.
President Trump traveled to the summit — which will be the first-ever meeting between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader — from a G7 meeting in Quebec, Canada. Kim arrived on an Air China jet, NPR's Elise Hu reports.
Aboard Air Force One en route to Singapore, Trump tweeted, "I look forward to meeting [Kim] and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!"
Hammering out a complete plan for North Korea's denuclearization would be "an impossible chore" at this summit, Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution told NPR's Windsor Johnston. While Kim has shown he's willing to bargain, O'Hanlon said, "Giving up his nuclear weapons is probably going to be the last step in that process, not the first step."
Trump arrived in Singapore after another meeting with foreign leaders — a group of close American allies. At the G7 summit in Canada and in the hours afterward, Trump railed against trade practices that he described as unfair and said he'd given U.S. representatives instructions to rescind an agreement to official communique that outlined a mutual plan to ensure "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade."
U.S. allies are worried that Trump could upend decades of international precedent, NPR's Mara Liasson reported on Weekend Edition Sunday. "Diplomacy requires a certain amount of trust and consistency. And that certainly wasn't the theme of this week's meeting at the G7."
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that Trump's public show of frustration with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other allies was part of a larger plan.