In remarks he made aboard Air Force One, President Trump claimed that he left Singapore early after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because there “was nothing more” that could have been done.
Trump had initially insisted his long awaited trip to Singapore could last several days, depending on how talks with Kim moved. However before the summit even began, the White House announced Monday that Trump would leave Singapore on Tuesday night, declaring that nuclear talks with North Korea were moving “more quickly than expected.”
“There was nothing more we could’ve done,” he explained to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs in remarks to reporters aboard Air Force One.
Trump, who offered high praise to Kim and boasted the summit as a success during his time in Singapore, stated that he feels “very little” disappointment that he didn’t secure a bigger commitment from Kim as part of the peace talks.
After Jacobs pressed Trump on why he didn’t stay longer to negotiate more details with Kim, Trump simply said: “I’d rather fly during the night and get back tonight.
Veteran journalist Dan Rather was quick to criticize the hasty exit:
We have a signed piece of paper and several big pronouncements. But what now? This president hasn’t seemed to be a leader who is prepared for the difficult and distinctly unglamorous slog of governance and diplomacy beyond the photo op.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 12, 2018
And Americans were behind him:
Kim Jong Un just gave Trump the same promise every 16yr old boy gives every 16yr old girl in the backseat of his car. Of course I will respect you after, I love you babe, you can trust me…
— Brian Thomas Cox (@BrianThomasCox) June 12, 2018
It's pretty much the same agreement NK has signed over and over again and violated over and over again.
— StealthTweet (@StealthTweet63) June 12, 2018
He who failed to prepare for the meeting, and was predisposed to describe the encounter using nothing but superlatives, will now have the "best" people figure out what the meeting actually meant and accomplished. After all, thinking and analysis is for people who read books.
— Joe Foster (@JoeFoster241) June 12, 2018
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