Trump faced backlash for his decision to cease joint military exercises with the Japanese and South Korean military on the peninsula when the decision was made public earlier this week.
The five-hour rendezvous ended with the signing of a document in which "Mr. Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "I think I'm being respectful to the general".
Obama also took some grief in 2014 for saluting with a coffee cup in his hand as he stepped off Marine One in NY.
"I went there and gave him credibility - I think it's great to give him credibility".
"We're well on our way to getting denuclearization, and the agreement says there will be total denuclearization", he said.
President Moon Jae-in also expressed his willingness to suspend such drills, saying Thursday that it's necessary to flexibly change military pressure on the North if Pyongyang implements denuclearization measures and honest dialogue continues between South Korea and the North. 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.
But Beijing was not about to allow itself to be left out of the action on the Korean peninsula, where it has long claimed security and economic interests, and Chinese officials moved quickly to remind both the USA and North Korea that Beijing was indispensable. And money - especially the way Trump thinks the rest of the world takes advantage of the USA - was a theme the United States president returned to repeatedly in the post-summit press conference.
"You don't understand sarcasm", he told the reporter dismissively, with a wave of his hand.
-North Korea has not said it blew up launch sites.
"The whole thing looks to be not just a win for Kim, but also very much a win for Xi Jinping", she added. Again, 68 percent of Republicans thought it is somewhat or very likely; 26 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of independents did.
Schwartz responded by saying Trump did not have a soul. Almost a majority of Democrats (49 percent) and 39 percent of independents thought he gave away too much.
One key frustration for Trump is his belief that his predecessor would have gotten a different reception - and that he should receive credit for making an agreement on an issue where former President Barack Obama was unable to make progress.
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