Oh, and a fantastically surreal fake movie trailer Trump apparently had made for the occasion.
It would be an odd gesture for anyone to make, but in Trump’s hands, it feels like the sort of thing one might be forced to watch while on LSD for a research study.
We really recommend watching it for yourself, but if you can’t, here’s a sampling of what’s in it: a stereotypical Hollywood movie trailer narrator; a whole lot of vague, empty statements (“The past doesn’t have to be the future. Out of the darkness can come the light, and the light of hope can burn bright”); and images of skyscrapers, train tracks, crowds, famous landmarks, boats, babies, and, of course, Trump and Kim Jong-un.
The message, it seems, is that things can go one of two ways: the two countries and their leaders can have a prosperous relationship where everyone wins; or things can continue as they have, and everyone loses.
It was supposedly created by “Destiny Pictures,” which Reuters says is an LA-based company. But in an email to Motherboard, founder Mark Castaldo said his company “had no involvement in the video.” In a different interview with The Blast, Castaldo surmised that Trump and co. used the name “Destiny Pictures” to symbolize the future, or something.
Despite its apparent lack of involvement, the company’s tagline certainly sounds like one of the lines from the fake trailer: “Dreams are like stars. You may never touch them, but if you follow them, they will lead you to your destiny.” It describes itself as “an award winning film and television production company … dedicated to the creation of quality feature length motion pictures and television in a wide range of budgets and genres.” According to its website, it has produced, among other films, 2006’s The Rival, and currently has several in development, including one called White Chocolate.
According to a transcript of Trump’s press conference following the meeting, the president played the video—either on an iPad or from a cassette tape (?)—for Kim Jong-un and a group of North Korean representatives. Per the New York Times, it was also shown to reporters; Gizmodo found a video of that.
When asked about the video, Trump gave a characteristically nebulous and meandering response:
Question: Mr. President, could you tell us about the video that you showed before this?
Question: I mean, did you show that to Kim, what was the focus there?
Trump: Today. Yeah. We had it made up by some — I hope you liked it, I thought it was good, I thought it was interesting enough to show, one in English and one in Korean. And we had it made up — I showed it to him today, actually during the meeting towards the end of the meeting, and I think he loved it, he — and they were given — we didn’t have the big screen like you have the luxury of having, we didn’t need it, because we had it on a cassette and an iPad. And they played it, and about eight of their representatives who were watching it, and I thought they were fascinated by that, I thought it was well done, I showed it to you because that’s the future, I mean, that could very well be the future.
And the other alternative, it’s just not a very good alternative, it’s just not good. But I showed up because I really want him to do something. Now, I don’t think I had to show it, because I really believe he wants to — I think he wants to get it done.
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