President Donald Trump during his history-making summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un took some time out to show off his presidential (beast) limousine.
The American president appeared to make an unscheduled stop at the huge armored car, known as The Beast after Trump and Jong-un had just finished off a working lunch.
The North Korean leader smiled as he was allowed an infrequent look inside the $1.6 million armored vehicle which is designed to survive a military-style or chemical warfare attack. The car travels with the U.S. president everywhere and flies in the belly of his plane when he’s abroad.
The move appeared to top off what was seemingly a successful afternoon of talks.
Trump sounded optimistic, saying: ‘We had a really fantastic meeting. ”A lot of progress. Really very positive. I think better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line. Really good,’ he said.
The Beast, or Cadillac One, is President Trump’s repetition of the presidential limo.
President Kim Jong-un who despite his nation’s isolation has a taste for American culture and Western luxury, growing up, attending an international school in Switzerland, friends recalled the dictator as a basketball lover, who was a big fan of Michael Jordan.
Kim also has his own version of The Beast; a $2 million armored Mercedes Benz S600 which even has a portable toilet, according to the Washington Post.
On Tuesday morning, Trump’s convoy was the first to pull into the Capella Resort in Singapore, which has been closed to outsiders for days out of extreme precaution.
They began the summit with a hearty handshake, exchanging pleasantries for the cameras and meeting one on one for 38 minutes with only translators present while the world watched with anticipation as the first ever meeting between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader unfolded.
The front windscreen can withstand armor piercing bullets or a .44 magnum and the bodywork is military grade and five inches thick. The reinforced undercarriage which withstand going over a roadside bomb and the fuel tank is explosive resistant. Only the driver’s side window can open in case he needs to pay a toll – and in the boot are cases of the President’s blood for an emergency transfusion.
Among the other features are shotguns on board in case an attack breaks out, Kevlar tyres that run even if they are flat and an oxygen system in the trunk in case of a chemical attack. A number of guns are hidden in the front grille of the vehicle which can be used to fire on an attacker.
The Beast also has night vision cameras on board and appears to run on diesel due to the oversized rectangular fuel filler door. The Beast is not the only hi-tech vehicle in the Presidential fleet. Among the motorcade is the President’s own communications antenna – a mobile cellphone tower strapped to the top of a car in his motorcade.