Trump-Kim summit in Singapore | Live: ‘We overcame obstacles to be here’, Kim says after historic handshake

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Trump-Kim summit in Singapore | Live: ‘We overcame obstacles to be here’, Kim says after historic handshake

The U.S. President and the North Korean leader are meeting in Sentosa, Singapore

In a historic event on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump has met North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

The two met on Tuesday at Sentosa, a resort island off Singapore’s port with a Universal Studios theme park and man-made beaches. Enemies since the 1950-53 Korean War, leaders of  and the United States have never met previously — or even spoken on the telephone.

Restricted press access at Summit

The White House restricted journalists’ access to parts of President Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un, despite long-standing arrangements intended to ensure the public is kept fully abreast of key presidential moments.

Under standard rules agreed to by the White House and the press corps, a full pool of reporters travels with the President at all times and is allowed at any meetings where press access in granted, even if space is limited.

During the photo-op at the start of Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Mr. Kim, text reporters for newswires The Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg were kept out of the pool, as were the designated representatives for radio and the foreign press corps. Although a television cameraman and sound technician were allowed in, the TV networks’ editorial representative responsible for relaying information to colleagues about what occurs or is said during the photo-op was not.

Some, but not all, were later allowed in for the photo-op of Trump’s larger meeting with Kim and aides from both countries.

No independent journalists were allowed in for another photo-op at the start of a working lunch meeting involving Trump, Kim and top aides. U.S. journalists learned that the lunch was underway only when footage from inside was displayed on a video feed provided by summit host Singapore.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from a The Hindu.)

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