The 2018 North Korea–United States summit, or Singapore Summit, is the first between a United States President and the North Korean leader. It took place on June 12, 2018 at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.
The two leaders signed a joint statement during their meeting and released it to the public on Tuesday morning.
Full text of the joint statement between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un https://t.co/29Qx0m0moV— Robbie Gramer (@Robbie Gramer)1528805835.0
While the White House is certainly going to count this as a win for President Trump, analysts looking at the statement and the information released say the news is not good.
Translation: North Korea for now does not offer anything but platitudes previously uttered before in exchange for m… https://t.co/EdhIigCpIK— Glenn Kessler (@Glenn Kessler)1528808157.0
Analysis: In Kim he trusts. Trump sounds naive after meeting North Korea’s leader. https://t.co/Dw4DPCznRv— The Washington Post (@The Washington Post)1528811926.0
This is very disappointing. Each of the four main points was in previous documents with NK, some in a stronger, mor… https://t.co/TBgnQOKuxi— Bruce Klingner (@Bruce Klingner)1528789873.0
Trump got NOTHING. Literally nothing. There is NO denuclearization, NO inspection regime. All Kim did was sign a… https://t.co/ZlHXjNizYs— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett)1528809059.0
"Kim walked away from the brief summit at a Singapore hotel on June 12 with all the legitimacy that a meeting with… https://t.co/wAnXpzTF08— The Daily Beast (@The Daily Beast)1528801206.0
This document is a North Korean triumph. https://t.co/bGqaFEAGpD— David French (@David French)1528788534.0
Guess what famous phrase bandied about by Trump aides does NOT appear in the joint statement that emerged from the… https://t.co/kEpWpxTDTn— Nahal Toosi (@Nahal Toosi)1528803911.0
Of course Trump's friends at Fox News had a different spin than the rest of the news media and political analysts.
.@LarrySabato: “This was a transformational moment for Donald Trump.” https://t.co/VnRTHNZvTX— Fox News (@Fox News)1528804420.0
Weeping Dennis Rodman praises Trump's meeting with friend Kim Jong Un, blasts Obama for ignoring him https://t.co/7zrqScqHbI— Fox News (@Fox News)1528803549.0
Trump to 'Hannity': Kim Jong Un to start denuclearization 'virtually immediately' https://t.co/jdObffaj4N— Fox News (@Fox News)1528802757.0
.@SebGorka: “It really is history in the making… The Korean War never ended, it was a cease-fire and now we have a… https://t.co/5VimbLamfk— Fox News (@Fox News)1528802463.0
.@DineshDSouza: “What a stunning contrast between Obama’s so-called leading from behind and the way that Trump kind… https://t.co/jw6UUQ7SXM— Fox News (@Fox News)1528801181.0
.@seanhannity: “The president gave up nothing. There wasn’t a penny paid.” https://t.co/rjjenX7vPj— Fox News (@Fox News)1528798958.0
Stuart Varney: "I look at this as a political win for President Trump.” https://t.co/i2DguWDLGH— Fox News (@Fox News)1528798669.0
.@David_Bossie: “This president is the biggest game-time player I have ever been around and ever seen in my politic… https://t.co/CC5euakAwJ— Fox News (@Fox News)1528806143.0
In addition to the lack of concessions by North Korea in the joint statement signed by Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, people — even on Fox News — are critical of the praise Trump had for a known dictator with documented serious human rights violations.
Trump praised murderous dictator as “very talented” for having taken over North Korea and “run it tough”— John Harwood (@John Harwood)1528799234.0
.@benshapiro: “This is a slave state with 25 million prisoners… The president’s praise for the dictator was disquie… https://t.co/pCe0gYTIZa— Fox News (@Fox News)1528807028.0
These are North Korean children STARVED by Kim Jong Un, the man Trump was "honored" to meet. Kim subsidizes himse… https://t.co/8Q7jzIXlnC— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett)1528810132.0
Trump said he raised human rights with Kim “relatively briefly.” He also said it was discussed “at pretty good l… https://t.co/9cZAtHYZEw— Ken Dilanian (@Ken Dilanian)1528804805.0
Trump on Kim, believe it or not; His country loves him. His people, you see the fervor. They have a great fervor. https://t.co/PZLPC0WimS— Chemi Shalev (@Chemi Shalev)1528800437.0
.@benshapiro: “If the president really wants to make sure that Otto Warmbier didn’t die in vain then I think that i… https://t.co/mKH4MZHPKG— Fox News (@Fox News)1528807855.0
Alternative to “great fervor” for Kim Jong-Un in North Korea in many cases = prison or death https://t.co/bs4OpG0Qg9— Julie Davis (@Julie Davis)1528803274.0
Have to admit my head is spinning from a world where Canada is POTUS's enemy and rotting in hell, and North Korea i… https://t.co/dOVjBNyXH1— Susan Glasser (@Susan Glasser)1528805773.0
Oh my, this exchange between @realDonaldTrump and @greta https://t.co/VfdEcNQvyu— Carrie Dann (@Carrie Dann)1528806242.0
Let's not forget what North Korea is like on the inside: It's a prison-state for 25 million people, the regime is t… https://t.co/TlvXQNDOan— Anna Fifield (@Anna Fifield)1528770842.0
And some raised questions about Trump's motives for the summit. Is a Trump Hotel Pyongyang coming soon?
"They have great beaches ... You could have the best hotels in the world right there.” Mr. Trump continued.… https://t.co/MDS3V5rNG0— Karen Tumulty (@Karen Tumulty)1528805054.0
SINGAPORE (AP) — Trump says he talked up North Korea's real estate, beachside hotel opportunities in Kim Jong Un meeting.— Zeke Miller (@Zeke Miller)1528795553.0
The ultimate results of the Singapore Summit remain to be seen. However the joint statement lacks the teeth needed to affect any real change in North Korean policy while the United States, or the Trump administration, may not recover from looking like they were outmaneuvered by a foreign leader Trump used to openly mock.