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Planning Trump-Kim Meeting: Who Sits Where, What Will They Eat and Who Pays?

Officials have not yet announced exactly where the landmark meeting will take place in Singapore. The Shangri-La Hotel has been favored by previous American presidents as a place to stay, while a former Singaporean official suggested that the meeting was likely to take place on the resort island of Sentosa, just off the southern tip of Singapore.

Joe Hagin, a deputy White House chief of staff, has been staying on the island. Another Singaporean official suggested that there could be a series of events held at different locations.

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that the team led by Mr. Hagin was haggling with a group of North Korean officials led by Kim Chang-son, the director of North Korea’s state affairs commission secretariat, over who would pay the hotel bill for Mr. Kim and his entourage.

Planning Trump-Kim Meeting: Who Sits Where, What Will They Eat and Who Pays?
Planning Trump-Kim Meeting: Who Sits Where, What Will They Eat and Who Pays?

North Korea has been known to push other governments to pay its expenses when its officials travel abroad. During the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea in February, for example, the South Korean government paid the hotel, meal and transportation expenses, about $225,000, for a North Korean delegation that included Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s sister.

South Korea also paid an additional $121,000 for a delegation from North Korea to attend the Paralympic Games.

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