It may have all been smiles and handshakes in Singapore.
But Kim Jong-un’s highly anticipated meeting with Donald Trump, the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president, also had its fair share of drama and spectacle.
During Tuesday’s historic summit, Trump, a former reality TV star, rolled out what resembled a film trailer starring the two leaders in a cautionary tale set to a dramatic musical score.
“What if history can be changed? Will the world embrace this change?” a male narrator can be heard asking the audience.
“And when can this moment in history begin? It comes down to a choice, on this day, in this time, at this moment, the world will be watching, listening, anticipating, hoping,” the narrator adds.
"Two men, two leaders, one destiny." A video that must be seen to be believed, produced by the White House. https://t.co/HpSabUdBjL
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) June 12, 2018
Addressing reporters later, Trump said he showed the video on an iPad to about eight members of the North Korean delegation, including Kim, whose father and former leader Kim Jong-il was a long-time movie buff.
“I showed it because I really want him to do something,” Trump said. “I think he loved it,” the US president added during the press conference, where the video was broadcast on big screens.
“That could very well be the future.”
But the future remains to be seen, as the ending scenes of the four-minute, 12-second video – a Destiny Pictures production, apparently – also reminded viewers.
“Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun, one moment, one choice, what if? The future remains to be written.”
Unsurprisingly, the footage found its way onto social media – where users had a lot to say.
Here’s a round-up of reaction:
Wow, lol he made a commercial. ~“We had it made up," Trump said, adding that he had the trailer made to be presented for eight members of the North Korean delegation. "I showed it to him today, actually during the meeting, toward the end of the meeting… https://t.co/YLCqc7vJnR
— Ey Wade (@jumpouttheboat) June 12, 2018
The founder of a film company named Destiny Productions, which has the same name as the company credited with producing the video Trump showed Kim Jong Un, says it has nothing to do with it.
— Tarini Parti (@tparti) June 12, 2018
Truly. Watch it. The Trumpyist thing ever. Shaping the nuclear-armed future one fake movie trailer at a time. https://t.co/xeyZD1m8Dz
— Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) June 12, 2018