Majority say 'too early to tell' if North Korea summit a success

Clay Curtis
June 18, 2018

But given Mr. Kim's declaration that the [the two leaders] had a "historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind" and that "the world will see a major change", things will perhaps be different this time around! Because now North Korea can develop and North Korea can become a great country economically it can become whatever they want but there won't be nuclear weapons and it won't be aimed at you and your family, ' he said.

Former President Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon gives a press conference during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress, March 10, 2018, at the Grand Palais in Lille, north of France.

In the aftermath of his meeting with Kim Jong Un, President Trump declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat.

This appeared to blindside both the Pentagon and South Korea's military, and was criticized by some experts as giving away a huge concession for little in return.

"In exchange for selfies in Singapore, we have undermined our maximum pressure policy and sanctions", Menendez said.

During the interview in which the president gave himself high marks for a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the president raised eyebrows when he seemed to dismiss the strongman's record on human rights. It's thus important to take on two deeply flawed but predictable arguments that have been offered in defense of Trump's lovefest with North Korea's brutal dictator and the president's approach to negotiation.

Most appallingly, Trump, fresh off nasty rebukes of the leader of friendly and democratic Canada, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos of Kim: "His country does love him". Lindsey Graham have long encouraged a military assault on North Korea.

Trump's unilateral decision to reduce tension by canceling joint military exercises by US and South Korean forces meanwhile appeared to catch both close ally Seoul and some Pentagon officials by surprise.

Lim Sung-nam headed to Washington where he is set to attend the South Korea-U.S.

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The U.S. and its allies maintain the drills are purely defensive in nature. "We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money", he said.

The next round of the joint drills were due to be held in August.

Intelligence officers also take into question Trump's suggest desire to end all joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, a move it calls a "retreat" by the US and an acceptance of China's longstanding position to end the military exercises.

Trump's frustrations are all the more notable now during the honeymoon phase of the deal, when a triumphant cloud of goodwill has yet to be tempered by reality. "You start being more attracted to people like Kim and Putin because they look like they could be presidents for life".

Trump kept up his praise of Kim in an interview Friday with "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy.

"He speaks and his people sit up at attention", the President added.

"I want my people to do the same", Trump said.

Trump has falsely claimed that this mission has been accomplished, telling reporters Friday: "He gave us the remains of our great heroes". "That his lack of conscience and his sociopathy is so extreme - and inner sense of emptiness - what he has is a blend of paranoia, which I said in the tweet, and grandiosity and cruelty".

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