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good morning from singapore. i am bret baier. we are live in singapore. it is 6:00 in the morning and we are three hours away from the first ever meeting between a u.s. president and a leader of north korea. moments ago, president trump tweeted: "meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter. we will all know sooether ornotf the past, can happen!" before the meeting has even begun, we have word that summit will be shorter than we thought with both principles leaving earlier than planned. the administration says things are moving more quickly than expected. exactly what direction they are moving it remains to be seen. we have a full hour of coverage and we will take you on a mini tour of siore to show you where the meetings are being held. we start off with chief white house correspondent john roberts and new details as the summit officially kicks off very soon. good morning, john.
>> good morning. president trump had planned on staying in singapore through wednesday morning in case more meetings were needed. north korea announced that kim jong un would be leaving this afternoon, leaving some u.s. officials to wonder if he really is serious about giving up his nukes. president trump spend monday the summit with kim jong un, meeting first with his host, singapore's prime minister lee hsien loong. the president also talked by phone with south korea's president and japan's prime minister, then huddled with his national security team for meeting that by its very nature will make history. secretary of state mike pompeo indicating that today will be just the beginning. speak of the discussions that will take place tomorrow will se framework for the hard work that will follow. we will see how far we get but i am very optimistic they will
have a successful outcome. >> the first meeting will be an intimate affair. president trump and kim jong un one-on-one. >> president trump made clear he would like to meet one-on-one with just the translators with the other principle here, and that's very much the way this president has been doing business successfully throughout his career. it may strike many people who have been involved in the past as an unusual request, but remember we're looking at an entirely different framing. >> ahead of today's meeting, kim jong un took in the sights of singapore last night, presidc entities. >> he has made it clear if kim jong un do nuclearizes there is a brighter future for north korea. speak of the secretary of state says he has been personally assured by kim that he wants to give up his nuclear program. national security expert says it's a worthy goal, but doesn't think it will happen. >> nuclear weapons are essentially part of north korea's dna. asking to get rid of their nuclear weapons is the
equivalent of having the master cut off her arm or something like that. it literally built into their constitution. they make stamps of it, they put it into cakes. >> but president trump has made it clear this is a one-shot deal, and opportunity that won't come around again. and if north korea continues to pursue nuclear weapons things will not likely work out well for kim. >> sanctions will remain until north korea completely and verifiably eliminate its weapons of mass destruction programs. if diplomacy does not move in the right direction, and we are hopeful that it will continue to do so, those measures will increase. >> at past negotiations with north korea u.s. has pursued incremental moves
>> the summit in singapore getting the attention of the world. >> the leaders need to be credited for their courage with which they decided to move forward with the summit. >> president moon jae-in has played a critical a critical role through his own summits leading up to these talks. >> i both expect and hope that tomorrow summit will definitely be success. >> feelings echoed by moon in a 40 minute conversation with president trump. he later warned that the summit could be just the start of a diplomatic process that could take years. there were other worries for the peninsula. what, if any, preference will be made to an end to the korean war, halted decades ago with just an armistice? what security guarantee is offered to the north by the u.s. might mean to some 28,000 u.s. troops here. how far is the north willing to go to get rid of the nuclear
threat to the region? and what will be said about the horrendous human rights record for the pyongyang regime. one time north korean detainee kenneth bay as hoped about that. >> i think it's very important to see the humanitarian and human rights issues addressed at the summit. >> there is no attention being given by north korean state media to the summit activities of its leader, across the border in south korea there is grudging respect for an unconventional u.s. president who helped bring about this one on one summit. >> this man is a revolutionary in a sense. >> a revolutionary? >> he's done something that nobody else has been willing to do. >> south korean president moon also noted that it is president trump's birthday on thursday, and what a great present it would be if the summit went well. over to you.
>> bret: live in seoul, thank you. let's talk about the expectations and possibilities of the summit. michael antone's former national security council. as we were talking to greg just moments ago, another tweet from the president, obviously getting ready for this summit to begin and is meeting historic. he tweeted out the fact that i am having a meeting is a major loss for the u.s. for the haters and the losers. we have the hostages, testing and all missile research has stopped. the pundits will call me wrong from the beginning have nothing else they can say. we will be fine. your thoughts on that and where the president's mind-set is as he heads into this historic meeting? >> on that point i certainly share the president's frustration. it's got to be very frustrating for him to receive criticism on the one hand. people saying that his rhetoric is too harsh, he is destabilizing the situation, he might lead to a war and all of a
sudden those same people when the president does something unprecedented that no one has been able to do comics get the leader of north korea to sit down for talks and reduce tensions to see a peaceful way forward, the same people are criticizing him for being too harsh in one breath turn around and criticize him for being too soft and criticizing the other way. i think that criticism is inconsistent and i also agree with the president that i don't really see the downside to talking. the downside to talking only occurs if the united states does too much, gives away too much. this administration seems to me to be completely aware of that danger and determined to avoid it as for instance you heard the secretary of state saintly clip that you played before. >> the secretary of state was very -- didn't negotiate with the media with that q&a, but did get into the preparations saying they were really extensive, number of meetings. can you tt that from an nfc perspective and what was the thinking inside the white house, if this moment happened?
>> there's always a lot of preparation for any meeting like this, especially for one like this, it says it's unprecedented. any time a president is going to meet with another world leader there will be a lot of preparation, for a leader of a contract that no president has ever met with, you are in uncharted territory completely and you almost have to build a process from scratch. you need to know who's going to be in the room, who's not going to be in the room, what are the topics of conversation. i do want to make one point, that is to say that the president speaking alone one-on-one with a leader without translators, at least for this president is not atypical. this president barry typically likes to have those private conversations before the larger meeting with more people, so i'm not at all surprised that president trump sought that i got that for this meeting. it's something that's very important for him to make the personal connection without the change dynamic to the room without a lot of other people there. >> bret: there was a lot of dustup about that, a lot of people weighing in, wondering if
there would be a transcript, but there have been other summits, reagan and gorbachev in geneva when they met for an hour by themselves with translators. there have been times before when that has happened. i want to ask you about human rights and the question of the issue. here's the former ambassador bill richardson on those. >> the president should not leave human rights aside in this negotiation. the gulag issues in north korea, the remains of our soldiers from the korean war should be returned to their families. there's about 5,000 of those. help the japanese on the abduction issue. i think that's important. but i think if kim is going to want modernization of his economy, a good trade-off is going to be a strong commitment of his improving the human rights situation in north korea, which is pretty bad. >> bret: so your thoughts on that michael? >> first of all, the president
has addressed these issues so far. keep in mind thatetting a hostage free, that is a human rights issue. think back to the state of the union address where he highlighted the incredible story of a north korean defector who was actually up in the gallery at the state of the union and ambassador richardson mentioned the japanese abductees, that is something that the president has been pressing on all along in conjunction with his relationship with prime minister abe, so these issues are on the table. there is clearly not front and center the priority, this meeting is about denuclearization. my hope is that this doesn't become yet another avenue for the presidents credits to say he didn't get everything, therefore it's a faire. even as it keeps an eye on the priority. >> bret: do you think this is the first in a series of meetings? >> i don't know that it's a series of meetings, but if the process is going to work going to have to be the first in a series of meetings between the
two countries as we agree on what denuclearization means, and especially as we agree, the united states is going to have to insist on very tough inspections measures that the north koreans are not going to like. the reason past agreements have failed is because we had insufficient ways to ensure they were doing what they said they were going to do and they dn't do i broke the terms of the deal. we are going to have to insist that they allow a level of interest and inspection that they will not allow but we will need to make sure this deal is working in our interest. >> bret: secretary farm pompeod v is for verify. thank you for being here. up next, a major win for conservatives who want to purge the voter rolls. first, what one of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight, fox to promote 105-year-old michigan central station say they have sold the iconic building to ford motor company for redevelopment. a member of the family says
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resort there. a lot of focus here in singapore obviously, but conservatives back in the u.s. and ohio celebrating tonight about what is being described as a major win. the u.s. supreme court has given state officials the green light to up the voter list, removing people who have not voted within a specified period. my colic and anchor of fox news at night shannon bream tells us why this is so important. >> we make it easy to vote in hard to cheat. it's a key battleground state and today ohio won bag at the supreme court buried in a 5-4 decision that justices held that the state is not violating federal law by cleaning up its voter rolls. if ohio residents failed to vote in back-to-back years they are sent a notice in the mail. if they don't return t ressed postage-paid card and failed to vote again over the next four years, their names are taken off the rolls. if state officials say they are trying to purge the name of people who have moved out of state, died or are no longer eligible to vote. >> we have folks who say we need
to be more aggressive at maintaining the voter rolls. folks that which we would relax that process. we believe our syste creat bridges that balance. >> writing for theor justice alito cite study, 24 million, or one eight voter registrations in the u.s. are either invalid or significantly inaccurate. "so long as the trigger for sending such notices is uniform, nondiscriminatory and in compliance withhe voting rights act, states can use whatever plan they think best." justice sotomayor wrote her own. citing reports that ohio system is "disproportionately affected. minority, low income, disabled and veteran voters. communities that are unnecessarily affected by harsh registaw should not tolerate efforts to marginalize their influence in the process. democrats are crying foul. >> we have this culture that have come up with some of these
republican run state houses of trying to limit the boat as much as possible in order to gain a partisan advantage. >> the ohio law went into effect in 1995 and it's been used through the tenures of both republican and democrat secretaries of state. there are similar laws on the books in six other states. among the other decisions, there are still three cases dealing with gerrymandering and redistricting. we will get opinions again on thursday. >> bret: and those will be big ones. we will watch them. shannon, thank you. see you tonight at 11:00. attorney general jeff sessions as domesti and gang violence will generally not be considered grounds for asylum. sessions ruled today in a board of immigration's appeals case involving a woman from el salvador el salvador whose asylum status was upheld in 2016 on claims that she was a victim of domestic violence. hours before issuing his decision sessions said the asylum system is being abused. while much of the world waits on
today's summit, again, under three hours from now, many in washington are anxiously awaiting the release of a report about the fbi's investigation into the hillary clinton investigation. catherine herridge has a preview tonight. >> the report investigating the fbi and justice department's handling of the clinton email case should be revealed in a matter of days. a source close to therocess and specs michael e horwitz to brief lawmakers on thursday morning, then post a report on the mind. the report, which includes a classified section, he said to be longer than the 500 page investigation into the fast and furious scandal. a former justice department officials of the inspector general normally gets cooperating witnesses like the former fbi director a chance to respond and that may explain the delays. >> one possibility is that there are a lot of people who take strong exception to what the inspector general is about to say. they want to push him off his conclusions. they maybe want to introduce additional evidence that vindicates them in the
inspector general has to give them time to submit that. >> in a separate development, the republican chairman of the senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee is asking the current fbi director to explain my names and initials text messages between fbi agent peter struck and why lisa page. there is no national security region and the redacted for congressional oversight. >> we've been doing this for three years now, my whole point is to make the public aware, full disclosure so that the fbi and private justice can regain their integrity. >> in capitol hill over access to fbi records about an alleged idential source in the russia case intensified with a new tuesday deadline to produce records. in this letter to deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, republican chairman devin nunes said your continued refusal to permit members of congress and designated staff to review the requested documents is
obstruction of a lawful congressional investigation. >> justice department official said the deputy attorney general, fbi director and the nation's intelligence chief, dan coats look forward to briefing congressional leadership on thursday, past the new house committee deadline. >> bret: thank you. that was a big event too. we will have it. seattle city leaders meantime say they will work to repeal a tax passed last month on businesses such as amazon and starbucks designed to help pay for homeless services and affordable housing. amazon and other businesses had sharply criticized the levy. the online retail giant even temporarily halted construction planning on a new high-rise buildings building near seattle headquarters. democratic mayor jenny durkin and seven of the nine city council members say they will consider legislation this week to rescind that tax. when we come back from singapore, the growing animosity between president trump and canada's prime minister as we had to break, a look at the
island where this summit, just a few hours, will take place. the summit itself is happening on the island of santa rosa. you see there in the distance, just beyond universal studios singapore, a capella hotel. very private. beyond the trees there, its own private beach. about 20 million people every year visit that area, but you won't be able to get anywhere near the place where the two leaders are meeting alone with just two translators. will even be able to use the famous singapore cable cars to get over there. special report continues after this. california walnuts. so simple, so good. get the recipes at walnuts.org. until her laptop her sacrashed this morning.eks, having it problems? ask a business advisor how to get on demand tech support for as little as $15 a month. this week get boise case paper
correspondent peter doocy tells us where things stand right now. >> world leaders lean in and try to squeeze president trump on trade, but he's as convinced as ever at the u.s. is getting ripped off, especially by canada tweeting fair trade is now to be called full trade if it is not reciprocal. according to a canada release, they make almost $100 billion in trade with the u.s. now some conservatives are cheering president trumps toughness on trade. >> the days of the united states being the piggyback for the world are over. >> but canadians are now threatening new tariffs if president trump tears up trade agreements. >> we are polite, we are reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around. >> the trump administration is undeterred. >> the idea that the president is going to go to g-7, wherever it is. in this case it was in canada and other types of leaders in the past, or even other leaders
in industry, it's just not donald trump. >> that's not a secret. candidate trump telegraphed trade policy like this on the campaign trail two years ago. >> trade reform and a negotiation of great trade deals is the quickest way to bring our jobs back to our country. >> when it comes to our neighbors to the north, some worry about an unintentional ripple effect. >> the closest partners in the world and you don't want to see a dispute over one particular issue poison everything. >> the international monetary fund warranted a global markets may suffer if the g-7 stays split on trade and some trump allies in washington worry is not being served well by his economic advisor peter navarro. >> i think he's getting very bad advice. he has a trade advisor that is very protectionist oriented and frankly we don't need that. >> the president does have some surprising allies in the senate who have been helping talk up tariffs for months. vulnerable democrats trying to win reelection in states from
carrie, places like ohio and west virginia where these lawmakers are betting that this policy is more possible with voters than with g-7 leaders. bret. >> bret: peter doocy live in d.c. thanks. positive day on wall street today, the dow gained six. the s&p 500 rose 3, the nasdaq finished i had 14. overseas in afghanistan a suicide bomber struck outside a government ministry today, more than a dozen people are dead. that attack comes as the fighting is supposed to be ending, at least for a while. correspondent connor powell has details for middle east newsroo newsroom. >> just hours before a cease-fire with the taliban is set to begin, a grim reminder of afghanistan's tenuous security. as afghans left work early today to prepare for the end of ramadan eve celebration, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside a government building in downtown kabul, killing 13 and wounding more than 30.
i says, who is not party to the cease-fire, cleans responsibility. on thursday, afghan president announced his government would halt all military operations against the taliban during the holidays. in a first, the taliban announced its own cease-fire with government forces providing afghans with a small glimmer of hope for a peaceful resolution to the nearly 17 year long war. >> hopeful that this process will become a long-term process and will result into sustainable peace in afghanistan. >> the trump administration has expanded its military force in afghanistan to more than 15,000 u.s. troops, the largest since president obama declared an end to combat operations in 2014. but insurgents have proven time and again they can still carry out attacks.
still, u.s. commanders insist the new strategy is working. >> the number of enemy-initiated atcks are down, which made more of the attacks are now initiated by the afghan and nato forces. >> behind the behind the scene. officials say there are signs some members of the taliban are serious about laying down their weapons and reintegrating into afghan society, but with all doubts in the rise in groups like isis and afghanistan, it appears peace is still very far away. >> bret: conor powell in our middle east newsroom. thanks. pope francis in the meantime has accepted the resignation of the bishop at the center of chile's clerical abuse scandal, two other bishops there also resign. last month the pope some of the country's bishops to the vatican where 31 offered their resignations. the pope acknowledged making what he called grave errors in judgment about the severity of the scandal. up next, from singapore, special panel here on the countdown to the summit, now just a few hours
away. after arriving here in singapore president trump tweeted great to be in singapore, excitement in the air, so we decided to check that out above the city. the red roof over the treetops there, that's the capella hotel on santa rosa island. that's where the summit is being held. protocol is down to the minute, we know that. if we just don't know how long these meetings are going to las last. "special report" from high atop singapore continues after this.
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♪ >> the ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with north korea has not changed. the complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsula is the only outcome that the united states will accept. i can only say this. we are prepared to take what will be secured a syringes that are different, unique, that have been provided -- that america has been willing to provide previously. we think this is both necessary and appropriate. >> bret: pretty cut and dry, secretary pompeo talking to reporters overnight. just two hours from now the two leaders will meet not far from here. it let's bring in a panel. josh letterman is foreman
affairs reporters for the associated press and alisha, thanks for being here. for people at home, i want to paint the atmosphere, the stuff that they don't really get to see on thed and paint the ure as you are seeing. first to you. >> singapore is already one of the cleanest most organized southeast asian city state theory and security has been rather tight all weekend leading up into the summit. there has been a certain excitement in the air here in singapore of onlookers pulled out their iphone cameras as kim jong un's motorcade passed by not just when he arrived, but also when he went on a little sightseeing trip last night. >> bret: here some video of that. >> we are talking about somebody who has been considered the murderous dictator of a pariah state going out sightseeing at some of the top places to see in singapore. he went to a botanical garden and he took a selfie with the foreign minister of singapore
and out of that he then went to marina bay, the iconic three towers that you often see in singapore skyline shots. kim jong un on, just nine or ten hours out from this big high stakes summit decided to take a little look out. >> bret: it is a little surreal in that aspect. >> it is. the sense on the ground is the calm before the storm. president trump in his hotel, kim jong un less than a mile away at his hotel, both in their own worlds huddled with their aides preparing for what is likely the largest most important diplomatic meeting of their lives and a lot of machinations on both side with trump rescheduling his departure to leave about 15 hours earlier than anticipated and a lot of speculation about what exactly that means for the summit we are heading into. >> bret: we are all trying to read through the tea leaves here. we try in the press to press secretary pompeo for specifics. he said he didn't want to negotiate with the media and here is an interesting sound bite about verification,
the b word. >> the united states has been fooled before, there's no doubt about it. many presidents previously have signed off on pieces of paper only to find that the north koreans either didn't promise what we thought they had or actually reneged on their promises. the v matters. we are going to ensure that we set up a system sufficiently robust that we are able to verify these outcomes and it's only once the v happens that we will proceed apace. >> bret: heard that from a but verify before. elise, we are trying to get specifics. how do you think this is going to respond either way? what happens in the next couple of hours? >> the goal is to know where all of north korea's nuclear facilities are. from what we understand there are a lot of secret sites, what is going on underground. right now not only are outside inspectors not knowledgeable inspectors about it, but other
nation-states about what's going on nucearized in north korea. there is going to be a push to try to get a better sense of where exactly all the sites are, re the components that make up north korea's arsenal and to get in outside actual iaea inspectors. >> bret: was all the troubles with iran and iraq and all of the verification processes. josh, the administration is suggesting they are not getting enough credit for just being here, that already the critics are turning and saying what's not going to happen out of this meeting as opposed to what is happening currently. >> that's right, but one of the things that a lot of a lot of longtime north korean marchers have pointed out is that this is a summit that really would have been available to any u.s. president over the last several decades that wanted it. the north koreans have been very eager to have this type of meeting, but previous presidents thought that that was not wise because they didn't see the opportunity to have the kind of concrete progress emanate from it that they wanted.
really the key question as we head into the summit is will it be more than a handshake? will there be something substantive, concrete that president trump is able to show and if not, how does he defend the risk that he took with doing this? >> bret: 30 seconds, what is the leading early tell us, does it tell us anything? >> i don't know. kim jong un is reportedly leaving quite early as well to return to pyongyang so there could be something about signaling not trying to leave too far after kim jong un leads, so we are going to have to see. >> bret: obviously he doesn't want to be out of the country too long. he's worried about his own status. >> there have also been indications that the white house is trying to lower expectations as it has headed into this. gone are the talks from just a few days ago that maybe we could strike an end to the korean war, maybe we could actually get a nuclear deal here. now we are pompeo saying hopefully we will go into this laying the groundwork for more future successful meetings, so there's a sense that the administration has a feeling that this may not be as big as
they wanted to be and doesn't want to look like they've set up themselves for failure. >> bret: we will soon see. thank you so much. we will bring in our panel from d.c. about the summit and also world reaction, but first, an iconic hotel that kim jong un visited, we just mentioned it, last night here in singapore. >> this is the marina bay sands resort, one of the most iconic hotels in singapore with that giant park and platform on the top, it's actually the most instagramed hotel in the world. the pictures getting all the attention, president trump and kim jong un arriving here in singapore. every paper has a breakdown of what each leader wants. we will see what they get in coming days. "special report" continues after this. do not mistake serenity for weakness. do not misjudge qutranquility for the power of 335 turbo-charged horses.
♪ >> i hope that this historic summit in singapore be a resounding success. >> it is hopeful that they make an audacious decision of generally considering each other's demands so that it worlds wished for the new era on the korean peninsula comes true. i hope they can march forward in a correct manner towards a political settlement of this issue. >> the two leaders need to be credited for the courage for which they decided to move forward with the summit. >> bret: the world reacts to this summit that is happening in just a couple of hours now. the two leaders coming together. let's bring in a new panel and washington, d.c. kv katie pavlich. a bee started, associate editor at real clear politics and jonathan swan, national political reporter for axios. jonathan, what are you hearing
as we get ready to see these two leaders no matter what happens inside that room? >> a lot of it is a mystery even to senior officials because donald trump is entering that room himself for the first conversation with kim.oing to bf them and their translators and that fits with how donald trump views foreign affairs and diplomacy. it's a man to man contest. he sees it as any kind of dealmaking, he wants to understand his opposite number in his briefings he's been asking for lots and lots of information about kim jong un, his personality. he's been asking mike pompeo about that and of course as we reported yesterday, the cia and intelligence agencies have a very, very detailed profile of kim jong un based on dozens of interviews with people who spent time with him in his adolescenc adolescence. >> bret: your thoughts? >> i was interested in your conversation before in the previous panel about tea leaf reading. i think that although secretary of state pompeo made it clear that their objective hasn't
changed and what the u.s. definition is of denuclearization, there are several outcomes that kim seeks tomorrow or today, many that he does not define denuclearization the same way that we do and he is seeking obviously to fulfill many objectives, starting with the fact that he just gets to sit down at this meeting. the fact that the two principles are going in without other staff, and that's just going to happen, this collective meeting over a lunch and then they are both leaving, really makes it seem like they are not working on an actual plan, that the working groups did not come up with an exchange of concessions between the two parties that they are going to be hammering out and making it official that this is just a meeting at which they will get to know you to have more meetings. so that actually is not much of a result and president trump as we talked about how this was his final shot. kim jong un has one shot but if
tomorrow just begins to be a meeting about more meetings than it's actually not, it's a long, long process. >> bret: i don't mean to obsess about reagan and gorbachev, honestly i don't, 's just i spent a lot of time studying it and geneva started like that too. they sat in tm and they said wow, they just need to sit there and the eggs were going to interrupt. it was only supposed to be 15 minutes and suddenly it went an hour and it was just the two leaders with t translators. that was the meeting to go to another meeting eventually. katie, i want to listen to secretary pompeo. he was asked overnight about g7 and how that all broke up on the issue of trade with canada and how that potentially affects the summit, the leaders are meeting in just a couple of hours. take a listen. >> we wouldn't be in this place. we wouldn't have this historic opportunity without the diplomatic work that has been done by our european partners alongside of us. president trump has led an enormous coalition including
those very same european partners, those g7 partners to which you refer that have helped us to get to this point. i have every expectation that they will continue to do that. there are always irritants and relationships and very complicated the relationship between our countries the united states and those countries will continue to move forward in a strong basis. >> bret: a lot of questions about it. a lot of activity on twitter saying is it going to look like we are better friends with north korea than we are with canada? your thoughts? >> i think that's a pretty unfair statement to make. talking about a completely separate issue with trade and losest aies and something different when you're talking about negotiations with north korea about stopping nuclear war with lives hanging in the balance, it whether it's the first step in t summit or whether it long term, there wile to be military options on the table and quite frankly they are on the table. the trump doctrine is to stand up for america in every single aspect whether it's against european allies the president believes have been ripping off
the country or if it's against regimes like north korea or threatening our allies in asia and the united states with nuclear weapons and quite frankly regular, normal wpons. they don't need nucleareapons to actually do some damage in south korea and japan. firing missiles over japan is something that those allies are concerned about. i also think it's really important to look at how far we come with the european allies, but also with the administration and china. i was in china in november. that was only eight months ago. every chinese official i spoke to while i was there, everything tank expert who was there said they needed direct talks between the u.s. government and the north korean government because china couldn't with the political pressure on north korea that the united states is going to need to make this progress. here we are not only with direct talks, but with the president going indirectly with the leader of north korea. they are getting what they want and hopefully they will be helping the other side of that as well. >> bret: obviously critics say that by sitting down kim jong un
is getting what he wants, but the supporters of the trump administration say the paradigm has changed and his unpredictability is assisting him on the world stage. >> i have spoken to former senior officials in the obama administration who even though they basically despise everything that donald trump is doing say that if they were offered a meeting with kim jong un they never would have taken it under any circumstances it would have gone through 15 legs of bureaucracy. but then they say in the next breath in this particular instance, maybe it is a good idea to throw out this very rich or calcified playbook and to try something different. i think is a sump couple things we need to bear in mind. one is how far we have, since last summer. h.r. mcmaster believes privately and expressed some of this publicly that there are about a 50/50 chance that there end up being war on the korean peninsula. they were preparing for all sorts of scenarios and to be here where they are sitting down for the first time is a huge
distance that we have bridged in the second point i think that's really important to make for your viewers, is that we don't know what this is. they could walk out and say this is the greatest summit of the world, we've agreed on everything. we won'twinimum for another year whether thias been a success. that's the other thing that we really need to keep in mind. >> bret: i will catch you up next time. gotta run. when we come back, an inside look at summit preparations. ♪
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♪ >> bret: sunrise in singapore. finally this morning, the world is watching as president trump and kim jong un are sent to me just a short time from now and here's a sneak peek at what one group says that might look like like 007 style. >> the last thing we want to do is escalate the situation. >> sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business. a letter was given to me by kim jong un on, and that letter was a very nice letter. you would like to see what is in that letter. >> did he say anything else? >> i purposely didn't open the letter. we are doing very well in terms of the summit with north korea. i think people want to see if we can get the meeting and get something done. i getting to know you meeting plus. >> little rocket man.
♪ >> bret: that's it for this "special report." fair, balanced and still and still unafraid in singapore. "the story" hosted by my colleague martha maccallum starts right now. >> martha: hello there. we are watching very closely, less than two hours away now from this historic moment as president trump and kim jong un on prepare to come face-to-face for the very first time. two of the most unpredictable leaders on the world stage in what could be a defining moment in their legacies. and in world history. they each have a lot at stake here tonight. president trump, who will be 71 this week, has says he will size up the man he once derided as little rocket man pretty much in the first few minutes. in that short amount of time he will decide if a deal is even possible with the half his age kim jong un. offering a preview of a phased negotiating styl t