After the abrupt end to the Vietnam Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, people began to assess how things went. As the concessions are weighed, most see little of the Art of the Deal from Trump.
The President once again hyped his latest meeting with Kim, this time set in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The irony of Trump going to Vietnam after multiple deferments to avoid such a trip was lost on few. While Kim traveled to Hanoi by train facing little ridicule, the setting already put the United States President at a disadvantage in the public eye.
@WSJ Trump can say he served in Vietnam now— Halcyon Daze (@Halcyon Daze) 1551474552.0
Trump Solemnly Lays Wreath At Site Where He Would Have Died During Vietnam War If He Weren’t Rich https://t.co/qwsl0tJ2pv— Lola E Peters (@Lola E Peters) 1551474499.0
Point to Chairman Kim on this one.
People found plenty of other things that went Kim's way during the abbreviated tête-à-tête.
To conclude, Kim Jong Un got Trump to: - Give him his desired world stage - Excuse human rights violations - Co… https://t.co/Ti9gAwvv59— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott) 1551343167.0
Worth remembering that Trump destroyed an Iran Deal that ensured real and verified steps to decommission reactors,… https://t.co/nuzzp5kDsG— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott) 1551343646.0
Just astounding that a Republican Party which spent a decade accusing Obama of “palling around” with terrorists” is… https://t.co/TqrzSBHvy4— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott) 1551344170.0
@mattmfm So this is “winning.” https://t.co/ohXM92eRHM— DrGLC (@DrGLC) 1551372380.0
@mattmfm "Art of the Deal," indeed. The guy would bankrupt a casin... oh yeah. He did.— Eaglestar (@Eaglestar) 1551359831.0
Others raised another potential byproduct of the summits with Kim.
After the last summit, annual large scale war games were canceled in South Korea. Now the Pentagon is expected to announce a scale back from the large spring exercise—known as Foal Eagle and Key Resolve—to smaller, more specific drills spaced out across the year.
1. Kim Jong Un gets another moment on the world stage. 2. Trump praises him and absolves him of responsibility for… https://t.co/MYb0V9OOqG— David French (@David French) 1551468216.0
Was this another concession made by Trump to Kim, like last year's cancellation of the joint exercise on South Korean soil? Or is it a brilliant cost-saving plan envisioned solely by Trump as the President is saying? Or is it all unrelated as Pentagon sources—who claimed they wanted to scale back the showy exercise for years due to high cost, low efficiency and ineffective results—state?
The lists of concessions tipped greatly in Kim's favor according to most observers.
We got rolled, Part 2. Kim gets an international Head-of-State event, makes DJT an apologist for mass murder, gets… https://t.co/QsxF5S939U— Malcolm Nance (@Malcolm Nance) 1551346808.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump got completely dog walked by Kim Jong Un. Because of a bunch of love letters he got from Kim… https://t.co/4XW3qBY7wm— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1551350705.0
Just to be clear, Donald Trump met with Kim Jong Un, a brutal dictator, showered him with praises, legitimized his… https://t.co/24CGYub8lk— Jared Yates Sexton (@Jared Yates Sexton) 1551385671.0
@Blizzqhd @benshapiro Bullshit. We've been through this song and dance a dozen times. Trump made concessions and go… https://t.co/nDa5JmFpoL— Lost My Mind😜 (@Lost My Mind😜) 1551370801.0
But the President had a response for his critics.
So funny to watch people who have failed for years, they got NOTHING, telling me how to negotiate with North Korea. But thanks anyway!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1551029232.0
Unfortunately for Trump, his critics had a response for him.
@realDonaldTrump So funny to watch a President who has failed for years, declared multiple bankruptcies, got NOTHIN… https://t.co/aUEvtkg6mQ— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1551029450.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump even failed at having a free and fair election. Not only did he lose by almost 3 million vot… https://t.co/DPnhw83KOj— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1551029745.0
@realDonaldTrump And in terms of North Korea, Trump’s own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said that Kim… https://t.co/2QWaRzpgNR— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1551030100.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump admires Kim Jong Un to such a ridiculous, unhealthy, and dangerous degree. He told a reporte… https://t.co/KW7h9atE2O— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1551030217.0
@realDonaldTrump Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are two of the most ridiculous looking and brutal megalomaniacs on th… https://t.co/00mGuBmxaW— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1551030683.0
@realDonaldTrump Maybe that’s why the two Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un impersonators are going to steal the show… https://t.co/mAhLWCmU1j— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1551033205.0
The White House has not specified if another summit is planned with North Korea.