The White House announced Tuesday that President Trump will meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un next week at the Capella hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, just off the southern coast of Singapore.
The location for the summit is one of thousands of logistical details from transportation to security to floral arrangements that have been negotiated between White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin and Kim’s de facto chief of staff, Kim Chang Son.
In those talks, North Koreans opposed the selection of an American or European-owned venue, which helped tip the scales toward the Singaporean-owned Cappella, founded by the Pontiac Land Group, according to media reports.
The hotel offers a newly redesigned bar that boasts its own bespoke rum called “Navegante,” which is featured in its signature old fashioned, negroni and piña colada cocktails.
When asked if the U.S. would allow a third party to pay for parts of the summit, a White House official said the “United States government will pay its own expenses” but did not rule out an outside contribution on North Korea’s behalf.