Trump told PM Lee he was last in S’pore about a decade ago
PM Lee asked him to come again soon.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met United States President Donald Trump face-to-face for the first time on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
According to PM Lee, the two leaders chit chatted about broad issues, such as North Korea and the prevention of terrorism in the Southeast Asian region, instead of specific items.
And one of the broad issues they spoke about was PM Lee asking Trump when did he last visited Singapore.
PM Lee said the president replied that it was about a decade ago.
In response, PM Lee said: “I said, ‘That’s a long time, I hope you’ll come again’.”
Trump’s officials included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The face-to-face meeting comes after both leaders had previously held telephone conversations on Dec. 2 last year and on April 30 this year.
The two leaders are scheduled to meet again.
Following this bilateral meeting, the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office said Trump looked forward to receiving PM Lee in Washington DC later this year.
The White House also issued a statement that said Singapore serves as an important hub for US exports to the fast-growing Southeast Asian region.
PM Lee also told reporters at the wrap up of his six-day working visit to the G20 that he went into his first face-to-face meeting with Trump with an open mind, according to Today.
PM Lee said: “We had a good discussion.”
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