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Kim seduces Trump: I trust him but ‘maybe I’m wrong’

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Reportage. From Singapore, the historic North Korea summit was less persuasive. ‘I may be wrong, I mean I may stand before you in six months and say, “Hey I was wrong.” I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that, but I’ll find some kind of an excuse.’

written by Simone Pieranni


June 13, 2018

The “history” supposedly made by the long-awaited summit in Singapore was not to be seen in the usual images, in the smiling faces and handshakes that everyone has seen by now. And it was not to be found in the ostensibly “historic document” signed at the end of a meeting that had been expected by the whole world.

Rather, you could see the true story in the eyes of Kim and Trump when they had just arrived at the Capella Hotel, a moment after getting out of their cars. It could be seen clearly in their tense, squared-off faces, and in their eyes which looked around intently, as they truly realized—perhaps for the first time—that they were the protagonists of a momentous event.

Apart from the facial expressions, you could see it in the way they moved: not carefully choreographed for the camera like the official photographs. Kim got out of his car and took a few steps, appearing disoriented. He looked around to find the hotel entrance, held his glasses in his right hand, and did not smile at all. Similarly, Trump got out of his car (later, during a walk together, he showed off how it looked on the inside to his new Korean friend) and looked straight ahead, putting on an appearance of........

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