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.
Trump has said that he hopes his summit with Kim Jong-un will result in a peace treaty ending the decades-long Korean War.
Still, it's a serious contrast to the days previous year when choice insults - Trump's "little rocket man" and Kim's "dotard" - were flying between Washington and Pyongyang during the North's nuclear and missile tests.
"The U.S. press is very dishonest", Trump said.
Since the summit was revived by Trump last week, there has been scant mention about Trump or the meeting in the North's tightly controlled propaganda outlets.
"For people like my father, they could go back to their homeland to their birthplace and revisit the country, so positive things like that will happen". "As President Trump said this week, he approaches the summit with confidence".
"We think North Korea will be a tremendous place in a very short period of time", he said. "They pocket all of it and lose essentially nothing", said Christopher Hill, President George W. Bush's lead nuclear negotiator with the North. Pyongyang's ICBMs have the range to hit the U.S.
On the North Korea summit: "I'll be on a mission of peace, and we will carry in, really - in my heart, we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people, people from all over the world". The U.S. president then announced his intention to pull Washington out of the landmark deal on climate change.
"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation in", he said.
"Here we were, 60 miles outside of New York City, with rifles", said Peter Ticktin, a lawyer in Florida, who was in his class. But the hard truth of the matter is that Trump and Kim, by necessity, must talk about North Korea's human rights record. You know, the way they say you know if you're going to like somebody in the first five seconds, you ever hear that one? A Nobel Peace Prize for Trump may also be on the line.
He went on to say that the objective of the summit would "be more meaningful with Russian Federation".
If it were a protracted process, Trump would stop enforcing sanctions against Pyongyang, and South Korea and China would return to unconditional subsidization of the Kim regime, Lee said. But the Trump-Kim meeting will surpass them all in the sheer spectacle, a summit of global significance timed to begin squarely during prime time in the United States on Monday evening, a strategic decision by the ratings-conscious president. And by the way, we have worked very well with their people, they have many people now in Shanghai, our people have been - in Singapore - our people have been working very, very well with the representatives of North Korea and I think we're going to come out fine.