President Donald Trump achieved what no other president has on Monday, holding a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in an attempt to strike a deal over the nation’s nuclear weapons.
The two men shook hands and made brief statements before retreating to a closed-door meeting with only translators present.
It's undeniable that President Trump made history on Monday.
Several analysts on CNN speculated that the body language between the two leaders was mostly positive. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper summed up the first interactions by saying, "So far, so good."
Trump went into the meeting with a healthy skepticism of the North Korean leader, saying talking doesn't mean much if it doesn't translate into a "real deal."
"Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly....but in the end, that doesn’t matter,” Trump tweeted before the meeting. “We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!
Trump also indicated that the historic meeting was a big accomplishment even if it merely started a dialogue with North Korea.
“The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the U.S., say the haters & losers,” the president added. “We have our hostages, testing, research and all missile launches have stopped, and these pundits, who have called me wrong from the beginning, have nothing else they can say! We will be fine!”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the only acceptable outcome for the U.S. is the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. In exchange, he said the U.S. is prepared to “take actions that will provide [North Korea] sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them.”
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