Trump says Kim 'trusts me, and I trust him'

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When President Bill Clinton struck a landmark deal with North Korea in 1994, the isolated nation agreed to take a variety of specific steps that included freezing and later dismantling its nuclear program, as well as opening its facilities to global inspectors.

The head-scratching was a fitting end for a meeting marked by unpredictability.

The same technique repeated even more dramatically a minute later in the film, when the footage seemed to melt into a horror montage of war planes and missiles beating down on North Korean cities - much like the apocalyptic propaganda videos Pyongyang had produced just a few months ago, when Kim and Trump sounded as if they were on the brink of nuclear war. He had a face-to-face meeting with a sitting USA president ― an accomplishment that neither his grandfather or father could achieve.

After meeting privately and with aides, Trump and Kim moved into lunch at a long flower-bedecked table.

At the time, Trump's daughter Ivanka was officially visiting South Korea, as was Gina Haspel, the then deputy Central Intelligence Agency chief, and Andrew Kim, the head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center.

Perhaps most importantly, Trump did not succeed in getting Kim to clarify his definition of "denuclearization".

The Singapore accord largely amounts to an agreement to continue discussions, echoing previous public statements and commitments. It does not, for instance, include an agreement to take steps toward ending the technical state of warfare between the USA and North Korea.

In a jawdropping post-summit press conference lasting more than an hour, Trump said he wanted to bring home the 30,0000 or so U.S. troops now stationed in South Korea. Trump described the drills as "provocative" and "inappropriate". South Korea, for its part, was blindsided by Trump's concession.

"A handshake is no substitute for a binding, verifiable deal", Warren said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

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"I also learned that he loves his country very much", the president said Tuesday when asked what he took away from meeting Kim.

"These are negotiations so the Secretary has been in full consultation with Secretary of State Pompeo, as well as the president", said White. "We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune". The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.

Lawmakers, too, were looking for details.

Republicans in Congress have been more measured. "And they're not ready if they can not exercises". Pence's spokeswoman later denied that comment. It committed North Korea to accept worldwide inspections and stay in the non-proliferation treaty, under which its pursuit of a nuclear bomb was illegal. "I don't want to do war", Rodman had quoted the North Korean leader as saying.

The last-minute change came as both sides finalized preparations for the meeting, with two meetings at the Ritz Carlton. How do we measure success if we have not set clear goals?

"You couldn't have a [more] stark difference between the last 25 years of handling this problem and the last 500 days", Gorka said. "Talking to dictators is one thing, embracing them is another", Biden blasted of the deal he said does not advantage the USA or make us safer. It calls for the two countries to jointly work on efforts to build a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, to establish new U.S.

A confident leader strode into the Singapore summit and won. But in the hours before the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart earlier than expected. It appears to be composed nearly entirely of generic stock footage and old news clips, including images of Trump and Kim smiling.

Before the summit, several commentators wondered how the travel-shy Kim was going to get to Singapore, having not flown such a distance since coming to power in December 2011.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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