The uncertainty, fear, and hope of the Trump-Kim summit

What can we expect from this historic meeting?

President Trump and Kim Jong Un.
(Image credit: Illustrated | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images, DickDuerrstein/iStock)

With Tuesday's historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un upon us, it remains utterly unclear what they will be talking about, what can be achieved, and whether any of it will be worthwhile. Is the summit, as the president said on Saturday, a "one-time shot" to resolve disagreements between the U.S. and the DPRK? Or is it, as President Trump said just last week, a "getting to know you meeting" that can be followed by a series of confidence-building measures and follow-ups by lower level officials?

As usual, President Trump's wildly contradictory statements offer few clues as to what will actually transpire this week in Southeast Asia.

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