At a newsstand on a subway platform of the Pyongyang metro, a conductor reads the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showing images of Kim meeting with Trump. AFP / Ed JONES
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North Koreans are getting a new look at U.S. President Donald Trump.The post-summit transformation of North Korea's official version of Trump, who's now being shown by state media looking serious and almost regal, underscores the carefully choreographed reality show the government has had to perform to keep its people, taught from childhood to hate and distrust the "American imperialists," ideologically on board with the tectonic shifts underway in their country's relationship with Washington.The program also showed an awkward moment of Trump reaching out to shake the hand of a North Korean general, People's Armed Forces Minister No Kwang Chol, who instead saluted the U.S. president.For the average North Korean, the state media's coverage of Kim's diplomatic blitz this year must seem nothing short of astonishing.After sending a top-level delegation that included his own sister to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February, Kim has met twice each with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the state media have splashed all of the meetings across its front pages and newscasts – though generally a day after the fact to allow time to make sure the ideological tone is right and the images as powerful as possible.
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