Trump avoids media exposure upon arrival in Singapore

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump have arrived in Singapore ahead of Tuesday's summit. Photo:

The arrivals of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 10 have caused sensation in the city-state county, with hundreds of reporters and local people gathering outside Shangri-La Hotel where the American president is staying during this trip for his historic meeting with Kim.

Security is tightened and traffic stop signs are seen on the paths leading to Shangri-La Hotel.

Many reporters failed to witness Trump entering the hotel as he is said to have entered the hotel in a secret way, with only those from the Associated Press purportedly getting the opportunity to take photos of Trump walking into the hotel through an inconspicuous entrance.

A South Korean reporter told that Trump was playing a hide-and-seek game with the press in a sharp contrast to his previous high-profile workstyle.

It is worth mentioning that Kim arrived on an Air China Boeing 747 aircraft that landed at Changi Airport, while Trump touched down at Paya Lebar Airbase on Air Force One.

Paya Lebar Airbase, initially serving as a civil airport, was modified into a military base in 1981.

On June 8, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster was caught taking off from Paya Lebar Airbase, which was believed to have carried Trump's presidential limousine and radio apparatus, which would be used during his stay in Singapore.

Kim's arrival on a Chinese plane has triggered discussions among global media, with Chinese newspaper, the Global Times, saying the move has a symbolic significance.

In May, Kim took a Soviet Union-made aircraft to the Chinese city of Dalian, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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