Moving along: You can’t make this stuff up. Excerpt:
At an island resort off the coast of Singapore, U.S. event planners are working day and night with their North Korean counterparts to set up a summit designed to bring an end, eventually, to the North’s nuclear-weapons program.
But a particularly awkward logistical issue remains unresolved, according to two people familiar with the talks. Who’s going to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel stay?
The prideful but cash-poor pariah state requires that a foreign country foot the bill at its preferred lodging: The Fullerton, a magnificent neoclassical hotel near the mouth of the Singapore River where just one presidential suite costs more than $6,000 a night.
The mundane but diplomatically fraught billing issue is just one of numerous logistical concerns being hammered out between two teams led by White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin and Kim’s de facto chief of staff, Kim Chang Son, as they strive toward a June 12 meeting.
So, if that batshit-crazy Stalinist regime can’t afford The Presidential Suite at the Fullerton, why not go for whatever the Singapore equivalent is of a Motel 6? Honestly, it’s North Korea. The short bus of nation states. A Motel 6 ought to be good enough for a stunted little gargoyle with bad hair.
Seriously, the Imperial government may deem it worth the shekels to spring for the rooms if it will get the Norks to the table. But that seems a damned slim justification to me. The message here should be “we are negotiating a deal that might result in crushing sanctions finally being lifted from your looney-tunes little excuse of a country. You can damn well arrange your own lodgings.”
But that’s just me.