The media reports on the Trump-Kim talks on Monday follow months of only the scantest of coverage, though Kim's summits with South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, and China's president, Xi Jinping, received large-scale coverage soon after they had ended.
And as they emerged from the meal for a brief stroll together, Trump appeared to delight in showing his North Korean counterpart the interior of "The Beast", the famed USA presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications.
Trump has enjoyed all the attention attached to his unprecedented sit-down with Kim, basking in suggestions that he might be a candidate for a Nobel Peace Prize.
The private first meeting will come amid concerns from USA officials, allies and North Korea experts that Trump has not sufficiently prepared for his meeting with Kim and instead plans to open the dialogue in a more freewheeling fashion by following his gut instincts rather than a predetermined strategy.
So far, the USA has offered no indication that it has reached a substantive preliminary agreement with North Korea on how to achieve the "complete and verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization that Pompeo reconfirmed on Monday the U.S. is seeking.
"The discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected", the White House said in a statement. "If diplomacy does not move in the right direction ... those measures will increase".
Senate Democratic leaders on Monday tried to set unrealistically high expectations for a nuclear agreement to be negotiated by President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
White House officials said Monday they are optimistic a shift in U.S.
In return, he said, "We will take actions to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them", Pompeo said. "That's necessary and appropriate".
Trump said he had formed a "very special bond" with Kim and that relationship with North Korea would be very different. In one he offered: "Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore".
"One of my worries is that we come out of this Singapore summit with something that looks remarkably like the Six Party Talks or anything that the president has previously criticised but it is hyped as something that's historic and new and groundbreaking", he added.
While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim. Walking away with a declaration on "complete denuclearization" will make for good headlines and only long-term Korea watchers, with a sense of what previous North Korean commitments on "denuclearization" incorporated, will know what was left on the table.
The leaders are expected to talk one-on-one, with translators only, before heading into a larger meeting.
Larry Kudlow, the White House senior economic adviser, CNN on Sunday Trump is "not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around" in advance of the North Korean meeting.
They had appeared cautious and serious when they first arrived for the summit at the Capella hotel on Singapore's Sentosa, a resort island with luxury hotels, a casino, man-made beaches and a Universal Studios theme park.