The whole world has been tuned into the summit where Kim Jong-un an Donald Trump sat down together to work through. While news of peace talks and disarmament have dominated headlines, it is the smaller intimate moments of the two men’s interactions that seem to be most compelling. One of these is the moment that Trump tried out an innocuous joke about his weight.
There was just one problem. While he was being self-deprecating, a quality genuinely admired in most leaders, he also included Kim in the joke. That didn’t appear to go over well with Kim. The look on his face, which lingered for several seconds, is now going viral.
“Getting a good picture everybody?” Trump asked as photographers were snapping away. “So we look nice and handsome and thin and perfect?”
That was one of the most noticeable moments of division to have emerged from the Singapore talks. Kim’s face froze.
He seemed to be looking for some confirmation that he’d heard what he thought he had heard.
“It is unclear if Kim understood what was being said. He is believed to have studied for a time in Europe as a young man, so it is possible he understands some English,” The Daily Mail writes.
“Kim also had his translator alongside him when Trump made the quip, though they didn’t appear to relate the remark to him.”
His eyes shifted from one side to the other, but the look on his face remained the same.
If there had been genuine discord, it fell away quickly. The two had lunch and moved on to sign a joint statement agreeing to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
In return, the United States has agreed to walk back military exercises and help guarantee North Korean security.
During the talk, Trump made reference to further developments with the North Korean missile testing programs. He suggested that more sites were being destroyed.
He also noted that sanctions may be lifted soon. While his cabinet seems to agree with that possibility, many in Washington want to see concrete steps toward a denuclearized North Korea, and want inspectors on the ground in the country before making too many concessions.