Good Monday morning ...
President Trump meets with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today. (Evan Vucci/AP)
As the curtain goes up on what may be the summit of our lifetime (9 tonight ET, 9 a.m. Tuesday local), a dispatch from Singapore for Axios AM readers by Frank Lavin, former ambassador to Singapore under George W. Bush, former National Security Council summit organizer, and now an e-commerce CEO based there:
"When there's confusion or turmoil," Frank writes, "it's to Trump's advantage because his self-confidence is imperturbable." But here are the X factors:
Just give me the ball ... Your summit cheat sheet, reminding you of Axios' months of exclusive reporting on how Trump thinks about Kim Jong-un. These insights cascade from the hyper-connected Jonathan Swan (If you don’t get his Sunday Sneak Peek, you're missing a treat. Sign up here):
Be smart: In their final conversation, President Obama warned Donald Trump his presidency would be defined by North Korea. Now, Trump himself sees a peace deal as his “great man” historic moment in power.
David Sanger of the New York Times, on-set in Singapore with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, on "This Week":
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So much of the Trump presidency feels like reality TV. But the pardon
process is turning into a let’s-make-a-deal game show:
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt this weekend decided to play along, and floated the notion of a pardon for former CIA director and retired four-star general David Petraeus, sentenced to probation in a leak investigation. I asked Hewitt about his logic, and he replied:
In recent episodes of "The Pardon Game":
Be smart: The political celebrities — Paul Manafort, Mike Flynn, etc. — made famous by the Robert Mueller probe are certainly watching how easy it is to win "The Pardon Game."
With Father's Day coming next Sunday, Christoph Niemann, a dad of three sons, drew “Father’s Day Off,” and explained the inspiration:
"The west was in disarray after Donald Trump left the [Canada] summit early, instructed his officials to tear up the bland G7 statement, threatened to impose more tariffs and called the Canadian prime minister 'very dishonest and weak,'" per the Financial Times (subscription).
The long view about the "new world order," from FT global business columnist Rana Foroohar (subscription):
"Donald Trump’s New World Order: How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran — and leave the Palestinians and the Obama years behind," by The New Yorker's Adam Entous:
"Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together: The president's unofficial 'filing system' involves tearing up documents into pieces, even when they're supposed to be preserved," by Politico's Annie Karni:
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For decades, America’s national security has been tied to oil. President Trump is now linking it to electricity as he tries to bolster economically struggling coal and nuclear power plants, Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" column:
"Rural America has become cavity country: Dentists and patients both struggle to get by," Anne Kim of the Progressive Policy Institute writes for WashPost Outlook:
"A Company Built on a Bluff: For almost 25 years, Shane Smith’s plan for Vice was that, by the time the suckers caught on, he’d never be stuck owning the company he co-founded," by Reeves Wiedeman in New York magazine:
Why it matters: The piece captures the modern story of wild investor cash, thrown at a wild entrepreneur, who threw crumbs to thousands of young, wild staffers, to create wild content — and the appearance (often a mirage) of wild growth.
Thanks for starting this epic week with us. Summit coverage all day and night on Axios.com.