"When I woke up this morning I saw the news in the newspaper that our respected Marshal went to Singapore for the North Korea-U.S. summit", said Han Il Gwang, a Pyongyang resident, displaying typical discretion when speaking to an Associated Press Television crew.
Trump, 71, landed at Paya Lebar Airbase on board Air Force One after cutting short his time at the G7 summit in Canada.
Both leaders have arrived in Singapore for their historic meeting.
Trump met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday at the city-state's presidential palace Istana, where they were expected to discuss everything from summit preparations to the U.S.'s tariff threats.
Trump and Kim are set to meet on Tuesday at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa for talks which could see North Korea dismantle its nuclear arsenal in return for economic help and security guarantees.
"Thank you very much", Trump said to reporters, as he turned to enter the banquet hall.
Mr Trump could also consider opening an American embassy in Pyongyang, the report said.
The quick succession of combative G7 meetings and his arrival in Singapore for a summit with North Korea's dictator set up a striking contrast best captured by a pair of tweets Trump issued after leaving Canada in which he slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "very dishonest & weak" and reneged on U.S. plans to sign a joint communique with the G7 leaders.
Trump's high-risk meeting with Kim is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, or 9 p.m. June 11 on the U.S. East Coast. After shaking hands with Singapore's foreign minister, Kim sped through the streets in a limousine, two large North Korean flags fluttering on the hood, surrounded by other black vehicles with tinted windows and bound for the luxurious and closely guarded St. Regis Hotel.
His sister, Kim Yo-jong, who was involved in lowering the tension between North Korea and the global community by attending the Winter Olympics in South Korea in January, is among the North Korean delegation staying at the St Regis.
He initially touted the potential for a grand bargain with North Korea to rid itself of a nuclear missile programme that has advanced rapidly to threaten the United States.
Pope Francis has prayed that the summit this week between the USA and North Korean leaders succeeds in laying the groundwork for peace.
Hours earlier, Kim had arrived in a jet and was received by Balakrishnan before heading to St Regis Hotel. Kim visited China twice this year, but the North's media made them public only after he returned to Pyongyang.
Experts believe the North is on the brink of being able to target the entire USA mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there's deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there's also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the U.S. and the North.
The U.S. president also dangled the prospect of inviting Kim to Washington if the meeting is a success.
Trump and other top US officials have promised a "bright future" for the North if it quickly relinquishes its nuclear weapons - including economic inducements and a security agreement.
Kim smiled broadly in the meeting Sunday evening.
Many remain sceptical Kim will ever completely abandon his nuclear programs.