Donald Trump said Tuesday that part of his hard sell to Kim Jong-un about giving up his nuclear weapons was a video that showed the benefits of shaking off the chains of near-global economic sanctions – including the possibility of developing his country's beaches.
But the image chosen by the film's producers didn't depict anything North Korea has to offer. It showed part of the Miami Beach skyline, something that Trump said was 'a version of what could happen and take place.'
'They have great beaches! You see that whenever they're exploding the cannons into the ocean, right?' Trump said after he played the dramatic, Hollywood-produced four minute video for the press corps.
'So I said, "Boy, look at that beach. Wouldn't that make a great condo behind–," and I explained it,' the real estate billionaire recalled.
'I said, "Instead of doing that you could have the best hotels in the world right there." Think of it from a real estate perspective.'
The brief freeze-frame in the film footage depicts Miami Beach with condos in the background and a yacht marina in the foreground.
A live-action clip also shows a pair of speedboats zooming across unidentified waters.
The White House did not immediately respond to a question about why Trump's team included the images.
A voiceover in the video described Tuesday's summit as 'a special moment in time when a man is presented with one chance that may never be repeated. What will he choose? To show vision and leadership? Or not?'
'Will this leader choose to advance his country and be part of a new world? Be the hero of his people?' the narrator says later, over a climactic string orchestra. 'Will he shake the hand of peace and enjoy prosperity like he has never seen? A great life, or isolation? Which path will be chosen?'
But Trump seemed most animated when he talked about the commercial possibilities for the long-isolated hermit kingdom.
'You have South Korea, you have China, and they own the land in the middle. How bad is that, right? It's great!'
'But I told him, I said, "You may not want to do what's there. You may want to do a smaller version of it or, you know." And that could be,' he allowed.
'Although I tell you what, he looked at that tape, he looked at that iPad. And I'm telling you they really enjoyed it, I believe.'
Trump said his team had brought the video to Singapore on 'on a cassette and an iPad.' It's unclear whether the White House believed it would have to provide an old-technology way for Kim to view it once he was home in Pyongyang.
'That was a tape that we gave to Chairman Kim and his people, his representatives. And it captures a lot, captures what can be done,' he said.
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