President Donald Trump has now concluded his historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
He said he wanted to cut the talks short after signing an initial agreement that pledged key concessions to the North Koreans, even though there was no verification of a denuclearized Korean peninsula. Trump started the trip home just hours after his talks ended.
Part of those concessions will be:
- The United States will stop joint military exercises with South Korea
- Trump said he’d be willing to pull all U.S. troops out of South Korea
- Trump will agree to not implement any more economic sanctions
Also: To Trump’s credit, he did get verbal reassurances that they would denuclearize but it just hasn’t been agreed to formally yet.
For more context: Trump has criticized the Iran Deal and former President Barack Obama for not getting stronger assurances.
Trump held a press conference after the summit and ironically hinted at the idea of a possible Trump Tower or condo of some sort in North Korea.
Trump at his news conference:
As an example, they have great beaches. You see that whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, ‘Boy look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo?’ … Think of it from a real estate perspective.”
Trump on economic development possibilities in North Korea: "They have great beaches. You can see that whenever they're exploding cannons into the ocean. I said, 'boy, look at that beach, wouldn't that make a great condo?' You could have the best hotels"
(It's quite cold in NK!) pic.twitter.com/QzKrJNLhtM
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 12, 2018
Perhaps the Trump organization would benefit from such a future venture?
As far as the specific timetables or commitments in the deal, Trump basically admitted there weren’t any:
“It does take a long time to you know, to pull off complete denuclearization. It takes a long time. Scientifically, you have to wait certain periods of time.”
Q: What timetable do you envision for denuclearization and ease of any sanctions?
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) June 12, 2018
Long story short: Trump isn’t off to the worst start in talks, but the truth is the United States in a “long way from an agreement,” commented Senator Lindsey Graham on “CBS This Morning.” Don’t let anyone else tell you differently.
“Look at this way, if Kim shakes Trump’s hand and receives lavish praise from President Trump and tries to play President Trump, look what happened to Canada. Bad things are gonna happen. The worst thing you can do to President Trump if you’re a foreign leader is try to play him,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.