Despite US concessions, Trump’s Singapore summit played well with voters

Despite US concessions, Trump’s Singapore summit played well with voters

While there is some truth in both camps, most pundits will prove to have been wrong simply because the Kim-Trump bromance is neither conventional nor predictable.

But, asked why he had praised Kim at all, given his history of rights abuses and the death of USA student Otto Warmbier after he fell into a coma in North Korean custody, Trump set up a stark choice.

"He's the head of a country - and I mean he's the strong head, don't let anyone think anything different", he said.

Kim made a surprise visit to China between March 25 and 28 and met with Xi, marking his first visit overseas and first summit since he came to power in late 2011.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he wished people would "sit up at attention" for him like North Koreans do for their leader Kim Jong Un, a joke that sparked instant outrage on social media and cable news. He speaks and his people sit up at attention.

"Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace", the United States president said.

The difference between reality and rhetoric has been obvious ever since Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump held their historic meeting in Singapore. "The people of Asia feel safe, and right now the people from all over the world feel much safer than the days before I was president", Trump says in the video.

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He is also scheduled to meet with senior US officials and lawmakers. The accord said Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", but set no timetable for the disarmament or terms for independent inspections of North Korean nuclear sites.

"You don't understand sarcasm", he told the reporter dismissively, with a wave of his hand. -South Korea military exercises that many military leaders consider essential to South Korea's defense, but North Korea has long considered an irritant.

The more cheery photos were a response to a widely circulated shot of Trump at the G7 with an apparently obstinate facial expression, as a seemingly exasperated Angela Merkel looked on - a scene that the president says has been unfairly taken out of context. You haven't had a missile test in seven months, ' he said, referencing North Koreans refrain from provocative ballistic missile launches. They also suggest Americans may not be familiar with key facts about the summit; according to Monmouth, for instance, less than half of those polled knew Trump had agreed to cease military exercises with South Korea in a major concession to Kim.

Instead, Trump made a huge concession up front - stopping joint USA military exercises with South Korea, a key tool for keeping pressure on the North. Tongchang-ri is where North Korea conducted combustion tests for the engine that powered its Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) across the Pacific Ocean previous year.

And, looking forward, there is, in principle, the possibility that the United States and North Korea will be able to reach agreement on the many relevant issues and details that the Singapore summit statement left out. "I gave him a very direct number".

Trump kept up his praise of Kim in an interview Friday with "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy. Trump also did himself no favor by unilaterally announcing that the United States would no longer conduct what he described as "provocative" war games, also known as military exercises meant to ensure readiness and enhance deterrence.

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