"I think that Chairman Kim Jong Un is prepared to do that as well", he said.
There have been months of diplomatic gyrations leading up to this point, and there are four leaders who could plausibly claim some credit for making this once unimaginable summit possible.
Like the real-life leaders, fake Kim and Trump are no strangers to controversies of their own. Here are four scenarios.
President Trump cited the unprecedented nature of the meeting and said he was convinced that Kim wants to do good things for his country.
Not only is there a lot at stake politically, for lawyer Mr Kim, it's also personal. It is hard to credibly suggest progress on weapons proliferation can be durable or verifiable if North Korea remains a completely closed and totalitarian state. "Overall, I think any agreement should require Senate approval because this gives the agreement greater domestic legitimacy as well as greater assurance to North Korea that the United States will keep its treaty commitments as long as the treaty remains valid".
Throughout he has controlled the spectacle.
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman leaves Beijing airport after arriving from North Korea's Pyongyang on June 17, 2017.
Speaking shortly before beginning his long journey to Singapore, Trump told reporters that contacts between the U.S. and North Korean negotiators had been positive in the build-up to Tuesday's historic meeting and talked up its prospects of success.
While he famously attended school in Switzerland, traveling this far as supreme leader is an entirely different matter for someone used to being the most revered, most protected, most deferred to human in his country of 25 million. And by exploiting that serendipity, he has brought the USA to the table. North Korea "has numerous facilities involved in the development, production, and testing of nuclear weapons and missiles, some of them located at the known nuclear complex at Yongbyon, but many located at undeclared sites elsewhere in the DPRK".
Trump alluded to the historic nature of the event during his remarks in Quebec, calling it a "onetime shot" and urging Kim to seize the moment to "do something very positive for his people, for himself and for his family". So that could yet swing back again. "When you can't say anything good but do not want to say anything bad, you say nothing".
Never straying from the Art of the Deal, Mr Trump said he would leave the meeting if he didn't like where it was heading.
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When asked about eventual normalization of ties, he said: "That is something I would hope to do that when everything is complete". North Korea has acknowledged kidnapping her and taking her there but claimed, not very credibly, that she then committed suicide.
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What can we expect from the summit?
President Trump "is willing to do something big, something bold".
The meeting is slated to begin at 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, when President Trump hopes to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons program in exchange for the lifting of USA economic sanctions. Trump said the talks would establish dialogue between the two nations, with an ultimate goal of North Korea's denuclearization. Kim, up until his recent high-profile summit with South Korea's president on the southern side of their shared border, has usually hunkered down behind his vast propaganda and security services, or made short trips to autocrat-friendly China.
Trump reiterated his promise Saturday that the U.S.
Trump said what matters more is the "attitude" he and Kim have going into the meeting.
SBS News spoke to members of Australia's Korean community and others with a connection to North Korea about their hopes for the summit.
The Chinese leader's role is the most opaque. We did not vote [on the issue], but it has been discussed.
One week after the leaders smiled over tea in Dalian, Pyongyang returned to old form, lobbing blistering attacks at the US.
He went on to say that the objective of the summit would "be more meaningful with Russian Federation". "Can you believe that we're talking about the ending of the Korean War?" "We just regarded him as a great commander".