Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un may play golf as part of their Singapore summit
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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un may play golf at Mar-a-Lago after their Singapore summit

Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe at Trump International in Florida.

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On June 12, President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet in a historic summit in Singapore, less than three weeks after Trump pre-emptively cancelled the meeting in a sign of showmanship. It's unclear what will come of the meeting, though the ultimate goal for the Trump administration is securing North Korea's commitment to total denuclearization and agreeing to revert its defense technologies in the interest of helping allies South Korea and Japan.

As part of the summit, Trump and Kim Jong Un may play golf together to create a leisure activity designed to build personal rapport between the two. With the summit happening on Sentosa Island in Singapore, there are plenty of golf courses nearby, including host to the Honda LPGA Thailand.

"I think that would be phenomenal, I think it would be a huge foreign policy win if President Trump got Kim Jong Un on a golf course, especially if he did it at Mar-a-Lago," Trump advocate Eric Bolling told The Daily Beast. "I think Trump would be seen as a larger-than-life, superpower president over the North Korean troublemaker. And a lot of business gets done on the golf course … I would love to see that match happen. And I would put my money on the president of the United States."



If all goes well, there's the possibility this Singapore summit could lead to future meetings and conversations to produce a total framework and timeline for whatever concessions the United States can get from North Korea. That next meeting may happen at Trump's Mar-a-Lago private club in Florida, according to The Daily Beast, and that may mean Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un would play golf together there as well.

It's unclear if Kim plays, or how good he might be. Legend -- and state-run media -- has it that Kim's father Kim Jong Il allegedly shot a round of 38-under 34 during his golf debut...for 18 holes.

Trump has played three times with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and the pair have bonded over their common love of the game.

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