Singapore's Big Surprise for Trump Proves How Much Respect He’s Earned Abroad

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June 11, 2018Jun 11, 2018

While most of the media are focused on President Donald Trump's feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Singapore's birthday surprise for the president shows just how much respect he's earned from some nations.

Singapore threw a birthday celebration for Trump on the eve of his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

During a lunch with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Trump was gifted a special birthday cake and ice cream. The president will turn 72 on Thursday.

Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, was eager to share a photo of the celebration for the American president.

“Celebrating birthday, a bit early,” he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/VivianBala/status/1006050391807623168

Trump was gracious in response, thanking the country for its “hospitality and professionalism and your friendship.”

He then reportedly told Prime Minister Lee, “You’re my friend.”

There was nothing left for Trump to do except blow out the candles.

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/1006120325589946368

President Trump is scheduled to hold his historic summit with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday to discuss peace and the possibility of denuclearization.

Asked when he will know if the North Korean leader is serious about giving up his nuclear weapons, Trump responded, “I think in the first minute.”

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1005459429771407360

"And if I think it won't happen, I am not going to waste my time. I don’t want to waste his time," he added.

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