The U.S. and North Korea are in the final hours before the historic summit between President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un, and one MSNBC journalist is talking about the leaders' ages.
Chris Jansing, the network's national correspondent, is actually wondering if the fact that Kim is significantly younger than Trump, who is 72 years old, actually gives the North Korean leader an advantage in the negotiations.
Kim is believed to be around 34 years old.
“Is it worth even bringing up, Victor, that the president of the United States turned 72 this week? We think Kim Jong Un is 34,” Jansing said. “Again, somebody who has been trained, who has come through a dynastic situation. Does that give him necessarily an advantage here?”
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Jansing was immediately shot down by MSNBC Korean affairs analyst Victor Cha, who said the age discrepancy makes no difference in the summit or its outcomes.
“I mean, given that the meeting is taking place in the morning — all of you have experienced the Asian jet lag,” he explained. “Usually, you're OK in the morning; you can make it until about 2 o'clock in the afternoon.”
On Sunday, both Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore, where they will meet on Tuesday. The president is staying at the Shangri-La Hotel, and the North Korean dictator is staying at the nearby St. Regis Hotel.
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If the meeting between the two leaders goes well, officials close to the president have hinted Trump may invite Kim for a second meeting at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.