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Trump-Kim summit: Army of officials but this is Donald Trump's show

Seldom has an American leader put so much of his personal stamp on such a historic event

Every summit attended by a US president requires the toil of hundreds of officials - from those who prepare the intelligence briefs or the traditional "What you should say if he asks you this?" questionnaires to the security and communications details.

But the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is an exception, for although those hundreds of officials have been put to work, seldom has an American leader put so much of his personal stamp on such a historic gathering.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline 'Army of officials but this is Trump's show'. Print Edition | Subscribe