Focused on promoting a complete denuclearization program on the Korean peninsula, Trump said he “truly believes” the leader will “keep his word.” The two signed an agreement and issued a joint statement on what was discussed during their meeting. According to the New York Times, here are the four major points the two stated:
1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
After their meeting, Trump stated that he “does trust Kim Jung Un” and believes that he will truly keep up his end of the deal. When CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Trump if he trusts the North Korean leader, Trump responded.
“I do. I do. I think he wants to get it done.”
Trump also “praised” the North Korean leader on his ability to run an entire country at such a young age–leaving out the brutal ways in which he does.
“He is very talented. To take over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and run it, and run it tough.”
Trump, apparently, also believes that the North Koreans who were kept in prison camps are “better off because of it.”
“I think I helped them. At a certain point I believe he is going to do things about it. I think they are one of the great winners today. That large group of people that you are talking about. I think they will be one of the great winners as a group.”
Another focus of their conversation? Hotels.
Trump, being the “businessman” that he is spent a vast majority of time speaking to Kim Jung Un about his hotel business.
“As an example, they have great beaches. You see that whenever they are exploding the cannons into the ocean. I said, ‘Boy look at that view.’ Wouldn’t that would make a great condo? I said, ‘Instead of doing that, you could have the best hotels in the world.'”
Think of it from the real estate perspective. South Korea and China and they own the land in the middle. How bad is that?
But, after the entire summit when the President held a press conference–he said that he really has no idea how the deal will turn out in 6 months. To sum it up, Trump feels “good” about the meeting with the leader, but, there’s really no guarantee that he will honor their deal. Seeing as in January 1992 North Korea promised denuclearization (which never happened), not everyone is convinced.
Trump made one of the most shocking (yet not shocking) statements during his press conference–the first one he’s held this year–saying that even if he’s wrong about the North Korea deal, he’ll never admit it. He also said he will probably come up with some kind of excuse if he does happen to be wrong.
Trump says he trusts Kim Jong Un. And if he's wrong? "I may be wrong, I mean I may stand before you in six months and say, 'Hey I was wrong,'" said Trump, before adding, "I don't know that I'll ever admit that, but I'll find some kind of an excuse." https://t.co/fk4Fpko8qC pic.twitter.com/FKFfSVE7VE
— CNN (@CNN) June 12, 2018
Knowing Donald Trump, he’s more excited about the fact that he was the first sitting President to have met a North Korean leader/head of state than anything else. Trump thrives more off of validation than actually bringing forth major changes and progress. So, all in all, the deal could fall through, but Trump will still see it as a win on his behalf.
Many people online felt as though the summit was a “fail” and a loss for the United States, citing that nothing important was handled, nor did Kim Jung Un make an “actual agreement” towards change.
— Nayyera Haq (@nayyeroar) June 12, 2018
Some have also pointed out that Trump’s decision to meet with Kim Jung Un may be to favor other conservative agendas–like, the outcome of a war.
Clearly, there is no definitive answer as to what will come of this monumental meeting, however, we do know from Trump’s statements that even if the deal falls through, it will be everyone else’s fault but his own.