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Kim's late-night tour of Singapore. Photo: Nicholas Yeo/AFP/Getty Images
President Trump has said he’ll know within one minute whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is serious about denuclearization. That first minute is rapidly approaching.
What to watch: The hours leading up to the starting gun have been an exercise in expectations setting. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was careful to note that while the summit is historic, its aim is to “set the conditions for future productive talks.” But even he can’t predict what will happen when the two leaders sit down, one-on-one, in just a couple hours.
Note: Singapore is 12 hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast.
Axios' Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene report that Trump is expected to tape an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity after the summit and before leaving Singapore.
Worth noting: Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg reports that Kim is leaving Singapore at 4pm and “Trump had been willing to stay in Singapore longer if negotiations were progressing well, but since Kim booked his departure, Trump booked his own.”
Trump meets with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Photo: Singapore's Ministry of Communications via Getty Images
On a leader-to-leader level, relationships between the U.S. and its most powerful allies are in tatters. That much is clear when a senior U.S. official declares "there's a special place in hell" for the prime minister of Canada. Canada!
The bigger picture: Antipathy for the U.S. in allied countries extends far beyond those leaders, and it's spiking under Trump. The U.S. has historically been the de facto leader within its strategic alliances, but an unpopular leader can quickly become a bully. The G7 summit showed the limits to that approach.
A wooden boat containing migrants is spotted by SOS Méditerranée rescue workers in March. Photo: Marco Panzetti/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced Monday that Spain would take in a stranded ship with 629 immigrants on board after Italy's new populist, right-wing government blocked it from docking on its shores, Axios' Stef Kight writes:
The bigger picture: Salvini has indicated he plans to turn away such ships in the future as well, which could lead to a humanitarian crisis in Europe. An estimated 3,100 migrants died at sea trying to reach Europe last year.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait have pledged $2.5 billion to Jordan after mass protests over high prices and an unpopular tax bill led to "fears of another Arab Spring," per the WSJ.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Photo: Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images.
Ethiopia's government announced plans last week to allow private-sector participation in key economic areas that have long operated as government monopolies, including energy, telecommunications and aviation, the Atlantic Council's Aubrey Hruby writes for Axios Expert Voices:
Belgium's star-studded team ahead of a friendly today with Costa Rica. Photo: Jimmy Bolcina/Photonews via Getty Images
In at least 32 countries around the world, one topic is driving the national conversation right now: the World Cup, which begins on Thursday in Russia. The Stars and Stripes didn't qualify, and we don't officially cover sports here at Axios, but I'll be bending the rules over the next few weeks.
Three things to watch:
"Sobering and somewhat depressing"— Angela Merkel on Trump's decision not to endorse G7 communiqué
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