The summit between the two leaders, scheduled for 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, will be a crucial test of Trump's bet on North Korea: that Kim's desire to end his country's economic strangulation and pariah status can prevail over the dictator's fear of relinquishing his nuclear threat.
However, in terms of the substance of the Singapore summit, the declaration signed by the two leaders offered only broad-stroke commitments to peace, denuclearisation and redefining the overall nature of US-North Korea relations. But the North has long sought an end to the USA military presence in the South, where Washington has around 28,000 troops stationed to protect it from its neighbour. The two sides promised to hold follow-up negotiations. It's going to start very quickly.
The previous day US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters he did not believe that troop levels were on the agenda. Mr Trump said he wanted to see USA troops withdraw from the South.
Mr Trump said scrapping them will save a "tremendous amount of money", but he added that they could be reinstated if co-operation from the North declines.
A few other conservatives expressed dismay at seeing the U.S. and North Korean flags side-by-side, and viewed Mr Trump's solicitous manner and warm words for Mr Kim as too much, given his nation's history of human rights violations.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise described positive steps from the meeting, such as Kim saying he's willing to take steps toward denuclearization. "Propaganda, all that stuff, that's not something we'd get involved in".
The Trump administration is also dealing with a North Korea that has a much more sophisticated nuclear weapons program, with more powerful warheads and more accurate intercontinental ballistic missiles. Instead of months or years of low-level talks culminating in a landmark accord, Trump agreed to a face-to-face meeting with Kim at the outset, before either side had even agreed on a broad definition of denuclearization. He also predicted that the Kim Jong and he "will solve a big problem, a big dilemma". At the time, North Korea had begun turning its nuclear fuel into warheads.
During an interview with the Associated Press, Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he has resigned from an advisory panel trying to tackle the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, January 24, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. When asked about thousands of people imprisoned in labor camps, Trump said he thinks he has helped them because things in North Korea will change. ". I just feel very strongly, my instinct. they want to make a deal".
Few people could take over North Korea at the age of 26 and "run it tough", Trump mused. "We are proud of Otto and miss him".
Kim said he wanted to express his gratitude to President Trump for making the meeting happen.
Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement Tuesday agreeing to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, although the timeline and tactics were left unclear. They sat across the table from Kim and his team.
Trump and Kim met for about 40 minutes Tuesday one-on-one, joined only by interpreters.
While the discussions between the two leaders were no doubt serious, people have also been talking about a joke from the President that seemed to fall flat on its feet.