Will Donald Trump invite North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to Mar-a-Lago?


In what would be an unprecedented event even for a president who seems to relish the unprecedented, President Donald Trump is considering inviting North Korean President Kim Jong-un to his Mar-a-Lago mansion if talks between the two leaders in June go well, according to a report by Bloomberg on Wednesday. 

The Florida summit would likely happen in the fall, according to Bloomberg, citing an unnamed U.S. official. 

Trump and Kim will meet in Singapore on June 12 for a summit to discuss North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. 

While celebrities and world leaders have visited Mar-a-Lago — Trump's self-proclaimed Southern White House — even before Trump became president, a stop by the North Korean leader would be extraordinary.

For one, Kim apparently has never been to the United States, or our continent. According to multiple reports based on sketchy information from secretive North Korea, Kim attended school briefly in Switzerland in the early 90s and some reports say he may have traveled to other parts of Europe later in life. 

But he rarely leaves North Korea. In April he met with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the demilitarized zone between the countries, and in March he traveled to China to meet with Xi. Otherwise, Kim has not left his native country since he took office in 2011. 

Then there's the name-calling. Trump has referred to Kim as a "maniac," a "bad dude," "Rocket Man" and a "madman." Kim in turn has called Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard." Both, though, have cooled the name-calling recently as they build toward the Singapore meeting.

Trump has hosted two world leaders 

 Since becoming president, Trump has hosted two world leaders at his private club in Palm Beach, and others apparently want to visit. During a press conference at Mar-a-Lago in April with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump boasted that “many of the world’s great leaders request to come to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.” 

“Many of the leaders want to be here,” Trump said. “They request specifically.” 

Abe has visited Mar-a-Lago twice and, oddly enough, both times Kim played a part in Abe's stay. 

During Trump's first meeting with Abe came on Feb. 10, 2017, just three weeks after his inauguration. It also was Trump's first meeting with a world leader as president. 

The leaders discussed trade and golfed at the president’s private Trump International Golf Club in the West Palm Beach area. But the visit is best remembered for a security faux pas in Mar-a-Lago’s dining room, when a potential international nuclear crisis played out in front of at least 100 people, members and guests of the Mar-a-Lago Club. 

Officials for both administrations huddled over the leaders as they responded to breaking news of Kim launching a North Korean missile while club members snapped photos and quickly posted them to social media. 

Abe and his wife, Akie, returned for a second visit to Mar-a-Lago in April, where the leaders talked trade and North Korea. While the first ladies toured the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, their husbands golfed. 

In April 2017, the president hosted Chinese Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan. While Trump and Xi met, Melania Trump and Peng visited with students at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. The leaders did not play golf. 

The two-day summit was overshadowed by a missile strike on Syria that Trump ordered hours before dining with the Chinese delegation.

Long celebrity list has visited Mar-a-Lago 

 Even before Trump became president he invited celebrities to Mar-a-Lago. Newlyweds Michael Jackson and wife Lisa Marie Presley spent their honeymoon at Mar-a-Lago. Elton John performed there in 2006. Stars such as Woody Allen, Regis Philbin, William Shatner, Vanessa Williams, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Jay Leno, Shirley MacLaine, Wayne Newton, Jennifer Hudson, James Taylor, Sylvester Stallone and Martin Short, as well as others, also have visited. 

But a visit by Kim likely would top all previous visits, both in terms of historical magnitude, and the amount of security required. 

As for whether Trump and Kim might golf, Kim is the son of arguably the world’s best golfer. 

According to North Korea state media, his father, Kim Jong Il, shot 38-under, including 11 holes-in-one, at a championship course in Pyongyang in 1994. 

Keep in mind the lowest score ever recorded on an 18-hole golf course is 16-under. And even the best golfers are lucky to have one hole-in-one in their lives. 

Oh, and that apparently also was Kim Jong Il's first round of golf, ever.

 


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