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Minutes after lauding the agreement signed by the two countries that aims to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, Trump said North Korea has potential for building condos, hotels, and other real estate properties along its “great” beaches.
The president said he told North Korean leader Kim Jung-un about the country’s real estate potential while showing him a video of what the “highest level of future development” would look like in the country.
“They have great beaches, you see that whenever they are exploding their cannons into the ocean, right?” he said during the press conference. “I said ‘boy, look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo behind–’ I explained, I said ‘ya know instead of doing that, you could have the best hotels in the world right there.’ Think of it from a real estate perspective. You have South Korea, you have China, and they own the land in the middle. How bad is that, right? It’s great.”
The president said the North Korean leader looked at the video and “really enjoyed it.”
Naturally, Twitter found Trump’s talk about North Korean real estate odd considering the high-stakes nature of the brief summit between the two countries. Some even jokingly wondered if there would be a Trump Tower popping up in the country in the future.
Given Trump’s admiration of North Korea’s ‘great beaches’ & ‘great potential’, how long before we see the first Pyongyang Trump Towers? #TrumpMeetsKim— christinalamb (@christinalamb) June 12, 2018
Did Trump really say that North Korea could have the best beach hotels in the world?— Heidi (@HeidiSamIAm) June 12, 2018
Why is everything so stupid?
Trump is looking for a Real estate deal in #NorthKorea Ends Wargames. Quit bombing my future beaches for my hotels.— Karen (@kpt2005) June 12, 2018
It's becoming increasingly clear that Donald Trump's entire presidential gambit was just a means to his eventaual goal of building the most kick-ass beach casino hotel resort North Korea has ever seen!— Izengabe (@Izengabe_) June 12, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump is talking about building condos on the beaches of North Korea, the country running its own gulags. Our “president” is a dangerous, greedy, sociopathic moron.— Jodi Jacobson (@jljacobson) June 12, 2018
Why does it feel like the entire purpose of the #SingaporeSummit is to build trump properties along the sandy beaches of North Korea?— Fabnsab (@fabnsab) June 12, 2018
Trump reveals his true interests in the North Korea summit when asked about how the country can be improved: "They have great beaches. Think about it from a real estate perspective."— Raoul Wootliff (@RaoulWootliff) June 12, 2018
It’s impossible to tell what the future will hold in North Korea, but for now at least, it’s difficult there being a room with a view.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).