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"Trump is staying the night at the j w Marriott. Of course. This is the second summit we are awaiting between President Trump and North Korea leader, Kim Jong Iran eighteen nuclear ization summit, but the White House is downplaying the odds of any major breakthroughs now just under twenty four hours from now they are going to head east across town to the Merrill pool hotel where they're going to have dinner and then following that they come face to face with their respective staffs to continue these denuclearization talks less than one year one year less than a year from when they first. Gathered in Singapore for that first historic summit. Joining me for the hour, Shannon, petty piece, Bloomberg news White House reporter, who's at our Washington studio and Brett Bruin president of the global situation room. He joins us on the telephone. He's also a former White House director of global engagement, Shannon. I want to start with you because lots of news today. But it truly was remarkable to see the back and forth between President Trump and Kim Jones and the White House press pool. No. Yes. So the Baxter on that. And Kevin maybe you had some firsthand encounters, but what I can pick up from all my colleagues over there. The White House press filing center. So the place all the reporters workout was in the same hotel. We believe as Kim Jong UN was stain, and there was North Korean security officials all over blocking off stairwells rolling out a red carpet in the lobby, and they didn't seem to be thrilled with the idea that a bunch of American journalists were there, this is wild. So I haven't I haven't been able to get to what actually happened. But the long story short. They told the press the American press that they were going to have to move their workspace somewhere else. And this is the type of thing that's planned weeks in advance. Internet connection, Shannon. Hotel. I hate to interrupt you. Okay. So we get here. It takes a day and a half to get here and mind, you any reporter who's complaining about just how long it took to get to Hanoi Kim Jong took a sixty hour train through China. The Chinese helped arrange a sixty hours on a trip. What do you do what Netflix? Do you watch? Well. On that train that got stuck in Oregon. But yes. Well, touche. So he's on this train, sixty hours worth he arrives in northern Vietnam. And then takes a motorcade of sorts to get down here. He shows up at the hotel Melania hotel. The Melania hotel were our colleagues. Margaret talev are White House reporter who's over here traveling with the president as well. Were staying and meanwhile, we're all at the international press centre, and I'm looking around at our producer. And I'm saying like what is going on? It turns out Kim Jong then goes to the Vietnamese embassy to complain to complain about how their White House press polar staying in that hotel what then proceeded was well, our colleagues to change their travel plans. It is remarkable. Because it sounds like a lot of back and forth, particularly when we're talking about denuclearization. But to your point, Shannon. It really does show just how confused for lack of a better term this particular summit is off to particularly when the last one in Singapore was so well organized, right? And it speaks to so I mean, we as reporters we cover a lot of these world summits where leaders come together, whether it's the G twenty or the president, you know, in Paris for an event, this is almost a routine thing. The White House has an entire staff and advanced staff. Plans. These things weeks months in advance. It's just reminder that Kim Jong UN and North Korea have not been operating in this world of international summits, and reporters and conferences, this is all completely new for them. So yes, I can understand that possibly. They didn't have the staffing to project that. Oh, well, where's the US press? Filing center going to be. But yeah, it just shows you how new they are sort of infants to this world of diplomacy and big major international summit shit. Have had a Bloomberg news White House for porter. Our guest back in Washington DC. I'm broadcasting from the rooftop of the o-, gallery, classy hotel in central Hanoi. Overlooking the lake in central Illinois Puta beautiful wake it's a misty morning here. Five o'clock in the morning as we reported President Trump as well. As North Korea leader, Kim Jong are going to be having dinner Bruin also joins us. He's on the telephone. He's president of the global situation room and a former White House. Director of global engagement as well as the next diplomat. Brett thank you for coming on. What message does it send that the White House? Press pool was shifted over to different hotels and Kim Jong you ain't got to stay where he wanted. I think it's less of a lack of attention to details and not just in the advance working this. Let's be clear. This is a major fail for White House advance. These are the kinds of things that you have a checklist for I've sat through these meetings. You go over every day multiple times, what are the plans for our delegation? What are the plans for the other side? I don't see how they miss this. And this is just one of those things that gets a conference off to a bad start. It's particularly problematic because it's the press corps. The press corps that you want to project a positive message to the world. And you just up ended their coverage up ended their live shots in their their filing center. So all of this is does not bode well for how how much going to go. But I if I can pull that thread a little bit more. I would say it also doesn't bode well to the level of attention to detail. The dissident ministration is paying to what's going to come out of this summit. And it's been a criticism of the last summit. It's certainly in the lead up to this one a major concern for foreign policy wonks who who fear that we're going to have a feel-good agreement, but the devil is really going to be in the details, and that's not this administration. Specialty I wanna talk about those details with Brett Peru and president of the global situation room. But I I want to play a bit from a bite rather from President Trump were when he was traveling over here about what he expects to happen at this summit now just over a day away. Take a listen, and we talk about something that frankly, he never spoke to anybody about. But we're speaking speaking loud, and I think we can have a very good. Summit. I haven't spoken to one source a a nuke expert or a diplomatic expert here in Vietnam or back in the US in preparing for this trip. Who says that Kim Jong Eun is just going to say, all right? No more nukes. So what are some realistic outcomes that we can anticipate here in Hanoi? I think the ideal outcome where the Trump administration is a timeline one where Kim Jong UN saying, okay, I agree in principle to denuclearization. It a couple years off in the interim I'll provide you with inventory of my nuclear weapons of the science where we've been doing this research, I'll open up to inspections and inex- change it at every step along that way. I get more. I get reduction in in sanctions, perhaps I I get investment or some of the other economic opportunities that Trump's been dangling in front of him. But that's. Any idea world what will come out of here? What I fear is. We're going to see something that is probably similar to the love letters that Kim Jong UN has been sending to Donald Trump very flowery very grandiose in in some of the am Bishen, but very scant in terms of the details, and and in terms of how we actually get to advance towards anything close to denuclearization. It's been fascinating to watch all throughout the past twenty four hours. I'll be honest. I don't even know what time zone. I'm in at this point. Going all of the travel and the flight over to get here. But it's been fascinating to watch the local press here in Hanoi. Really just latch onto the business community here and to really showcase Vietnam almost illustration of what could be four North Korea. And I think that's a lot of the imagery here that is being projected not just back to the United States, but also to peon Yang. And when you think for example of the rumors that Bloomberg has reported about maybe the possibility of some representatives from the North Korean delegation, visiting a Samsung factory here, it almost would appear that there that the US is and the Chinese to some extent are dangling this illustration of hey, North Korea. This could be you know, Shannon. It certainly is the president made some remarks so he was speaking of governors yesterday. And he said that North Korea has the potential to have record economic growth economic growth. Unlike anybody has seen he's mentioned their beaches as a sense of what a beautiful places says you could have tourism here. But I mean, of course, realistically, I mean, that's such a long road and. You know, if you're trying to make that sales pitch. There's a lot of ways things could go one way or another. And yes, Vietnam. Is a relatively prosperous country for that region at this point. A beautiful country with tourism and manufacturing there. But it's a long road there. And there's no guarantees really. But yeah, I think that it's certainly the attempt they're trying to make to this younger European educated leader, let me tell you something. I haven't even been here. Twenty four hours. I think we're coming up on the twenty four hour, Mark. And I can tell you. Annoy is beautiful city great food at that's I've had like five cups of fuss since I've been here. Year and whatnot coming up. We're not just talking about the economy in North Korea. But also, the US economy fed share Jay Powell, testified in the Senate and congressman."