Some cartoonists' takes on Trump and Kim in Singapore

Some cartoonists' takes on Trump and Kim in Singapore

Some cartoonists' takes on Trump and Kim in Singapore

Bret Baier's first interview with Donald Trump since he became POTUS, was tearing up the TV news turf this evening, after the Fox News political anchor asked POTUS about his just-wrapped summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

International security expert and president of Interfor International, Don Aviv, tells Inside Edition that every bit of food Kim Jong Un ate was previously examined by food tasters.

"A year ago the pundits & talking heads, people that couldn't do the job before, were begging for conciliation and peace - 'please meet, don't go to war.' Now that we meet and have a great relationship with Kim Jong Un, the same haters shout out, 'you shouldn't meet, do not meet!'"

"Two men. Two leaders". Before leaving himself, Trump tossed out pronouncements on USA alliances, human rights and the nature of the accord that he and Kim had signed.

Trump's intense personalization of the 70-year conflict creates new risks in a relationship historically fraught with violence, misunderstanding and outright deceit. Beijing dislikes the US military presence in South Korea and Japan and has urged Washington to suspend the drills that Pyongyang claims are rehearsals for invasion, in return for the North's halting of nuclear activities. Mr Trump focused instead on playing up the rewards. "Last night, Kim spent hours preparing, while at the same time Trump was laying in bed waiting for Spongebob to perform on the Tonys". This was all the Singapore summit really accomplished.

The two leaders promised in a joint statement after their meeting to work toward the "denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula and the United States promised its Cold War foe security guarantees, but they offered few specifics.

Trump and Kim were returning to their respective strongholds following the talks - but to far different receptions.

Critics fear that Pyongyang is a more hard case. Beijing successfully marginalised itself with the North through its effective support of strict United Nations sanctions and with the South through informal but effective sanctions against South Korea's legitimate efforts to defend itself against the North's missiles.


Pompeo held firm to Trump's position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes - and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.

The joint statement released Tuesday was scant on the details, leaving the agreement between Trump and Kim vague. "I've never seen that side of North Korea".

"We welcome the outcomes", the defense spokesman said.

Iran had agreed to round-the-clock monitoring of its declared nuclear facilities. Pompeo will likely try to persuade them to stick with the pressure. There is no guise that the program has a civilian nuclear goal as there was in Iran.

The summit statement provided no details on when Pyongyang would give up its nuclear weapons program or how the dismantling might be verified. If so, what is he willing to concede in exchange?

"All of our members have served in combat and we understand the importance of bring our war dead home to bring closure to families", said Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Keith Harman.

It's possible North Korean officials during the talks at the border village of Panmunjom will seek a firm commitment from the South on stopping its military drills with the United States. "I think they will be continued for a while".

Rounding out Trump's positive appraisal of leaders with a tight grip on power, the president was asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and his call to reinstate Russian Federation into the G-7 alliance. "Can I ensure that you're going to be able to sit down properly when you sit down? I mean, I may stand before you in six months and say, 'Hey, I was wrong.' I don't know that I'll ever admit that, but I'll find some kind of an excuse".

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