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Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi has redeemed kitsch vendors: NPR



A man in a T-shirt with pictures of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses on Wednesday near the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi.

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A man in a T-shirt with pictures of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses on Wednesday near the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi.

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Despite creaking traffic and safety chains, the residents of Hanoi happily took up their role as hosts at the second Trump Kim summit, and companies have been using parody products from food to hair cutting for the event.

"I think this summit will be better than the last in Singapore," said Truong Thanh Duc, 56, a T-shirt retailer. He adds, "And this summit will bring peace to the world, no more nuclear war."

His street stand in downtown Hanoi is hung up with shirts decorated with a beaming Donald Trump and an apathetic Kim Jong Un, over the words "Peace Hanoi Vietnam 2019 . "

Other garments celebrate a famous Vietnamese rice noodle dish and are adorned with logos such as "Pho Real", "What the Pho" and "i Pho".

A worker removes T-shirts with portraits of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a T-shirt shop in Hanoi last week.

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A worker removed T-shirts last week with portraits of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a T-shirt shop in Hanoi.

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Truong has set up a basket of free bread and water to feed the customers and tourist crowds at his stand.

Elsewhere in the city, commuters were waiting at a crossroads as black Mercedes-Benz limousines with North Korean flags crossed past. As soon as the motorcade had disappeared, swarms of motorcycles pushed forward and formed a massive stoppage.

Some barbershops offer haircuts reminiscent of Kim and Trump. Others shave their faces on the back of customers.

In the restaurants and bakeries of Hanoi homemade cupcakes, burgers and pizzas are decorated with the pictures of the two men.

Vietnam's experience as a former US war enemy, later repairing fences with the US and thriving economically, was at the center of President Trump's message to Kim Jong Un on the Summit.

"I think your country has tremendous economic potential, unbelievable, unlimited," Trump told Kim before the two men went to dinner at the French metropolis hotel from the colonial era.

"And I think," he added, "that you'll have a great future with your country – a great leader, and I look forward to watching it and helping it happen."

Like the Capital of Vietnam During the second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, people buy unusual souvenirs.

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While Vietnam's capital prepares for the second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, people buy unusual souvenirs.

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Tran That Thang, who has brought his young grandson to the Vietnam Military History Museum in downtown Hanoi, is located opposite a statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, who is accompanied by Tran. His wife brings the young child to the remains of one defeated US B-52 bomber, a U-1 Huey helicopter, and rows of unexploded American bombs and landmines.

"For my family to be here today, we fought for years," says Tran, who was a North Vietnamese Army soldier from 1972 to 1971.

"It will help people understand the true value of peace. It's a serious and meaningful thing for every family, "he said.

Tran adds," Now the US and North Korea have chosen Hanoi for their summit to work for world peace, we all want that.

He passes a fighter plane shot down at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. This decisive defeat for the French, who preceded the Americans in Vietnam, marked the end of their colonial presence in Indochina.

This year the son of one His father gave him his name, which means "will win."


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