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This guy is offering to pick up North Korea’s hotel tab for the Trump-Kim summit

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Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner.com, is just your average travel executive who’d like to see President Trump’s big nuclear summit with North Korea go well.

So, naturally, he’s offered to pick up the North Koreans’ tab.

Hentschel’s Florida-based company faxed a formal letter to the North Korean embassy in China on Tuesday, offering to cover their hotel bills, after reading in The Washington Post that the U.S. was quietly encouraging the summit’s host, Singapore, to spot the proud but cash-strapped country, Hentschel told VICE News on Friday.

North Korea may have spent a fortune building a nuclear arsenal and importing luxury goods for its elite, but the isolated nation also has something of a tradition of not paying its travel bills when its leadership ventures abroad. That has raised the delicate question of who will cover them this time, since Washington, reportedly, has worried that making a direct offer might offend the North Koreans.

With the summit looming next week, the question remains unresolved.

Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner.com, is just your average travel executive who’d like to see President Trump’s big nuclear summit with North Korea go well.

So, naturally, he’s offered to pick up the North Koreans’ tab.

Hentschel’s Florida-based company faxed a formal letter to the North Korean embassy in China on Tuesday, offering to cover their hotel bills, after reading in The Washington Post that the U.S. was quietly encouraging the summit’s host, Singapore, to spot the proud but cash-strapped country, Hentschel told VICE News on Friday.

North Korea may have spent a fortune building a nuclear arsenal and importing luxury goods for its elite, but the isolated nation also has something of a tradition of not paying its travel bills when its leadership ventures abroad. That has raised the delicate question of who will cover them this time, since Washington, reportedly, has worried that making a direct offer might offend the North Koreans.

With the summit looming next week, the question remains unresolved.

Hentschel, 39, isn’t the only one to put his hand up. Two other outside groups have publicly offered to cover their costs, including the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, and the Singapore government itself.

Hentschel’s offer might be good publicity, but the businessman says it’s about promoting peace — and protecting the travel industry from the consequences of nuclear Armageddon.

“We all want world peace,”

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