One might think the North would engage in at least a little state-directed congratulations before Kim's planned arrival in Singapore on Sunday, according to a schedule reported by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
It will be the first time an incumbent US President has ever met the North Korean leader.
"He could take that nation with those great people and truly make it great, so it's a one-time, it's a one-time shot, and I think it's going to work out very well", Trump said.
A rare direct flight from Pyongyang landed in Singapore today ahead of the expected arrival of Kim.
But it's not completely barren territory for students of North Korean media. For years Trump has complained about the USA bearing too much of the burden for other countries' security, and as president he's sought to pull troops from Syria and other locations.
He said the summit was significant due to the progression of events.
"We're going to raise every issue, every issue will be raised", he said.
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman leaves Beijing airport after arriving from North Korea's Pyongyang on June 17, 2017. "Anyone involved in rallies would be arrested", Choi said.
The summit has fuelled hopes in South Korea that the two leaders may weigh a formal declaration to end the Korean War.
As CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports from Singapore, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the summit.
The group's belief that North Korea might open up through person-to-person connections seems validated by the pending US-North Korea summit in Singapore, marking the first time a sitting US president will meet the North Korean leader.
"It's a one-time shot", he said at a press conference, adding that the North Koreans had been working "very well with us".
It's "a sign of recognition that the North Koreans have sought for decades".
The concerns have been voiced on both sides of the aisle in Congress, where top Senate Democrats have sent Trump a letter insisting any deal will be a bad one unless it forces North Korea to comply with a long list of onerous demands. At the root of this desire lies their central concern: "regime survival", he wrote.
"You know, President Trump has talked about a Nobel Peace Prize, he certainly isn't going to get it. Kim Jong-un isn't going to get it. Moon Jae-in, who knows?", Kristof shrugs.
In a separate piece written for 38North, a website for analysis of North Korea, Carlin wrote that North Koreans are pragmatic negotiators who followed diplomatic norms. "They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North.
"Rarely do the North Koreans pound the table". Their only issue is how much they have to give up.
"Within the first minute I'll know", he said.
A peace treaty, which is a legal agreement between sovereign states, could also cause problems for South Korea, whose constitution doesn't recognize the North as a legitimate government and remains dedicated to the unification of the peninsula under Seoul's rule.
Trump on Saturday doubled down on his promise that the U.S.