White House Made Fake Movie Trailer for Kim Jong Un

President Trump showed it to North Korean leader at start of historic sit-down
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2018 12:48 PM CDT
Updated Jun 12, 2018 2:09 PM CDT

  • 2 views: For differing views on the summit's outcome, see the op-ed pages of the New York Times. In one essay, Nicholas Kristof argues that Trump was "hoodwinked" by Kim. The US made big concessions, including the cessation of military drills with the South, and got "astonishingly little" in return. In another essay, however, Victor Cha says Trump deserves much credit for bringing the world back from the brink of war. "Trump's diplomacy, however unconventional, has pierced the isolation bubble of the North Korean leadership, which no previous president could do."
  • Wait, for now: At 38 North, well-regarded for its North Korean coverage, Robert L. Gallucci writes that he's disappointed at the lack of substance beyond all the pomp and happy talk. "Cynicism, or at least skepticism, would not be entirely inappropriate right now." Still, he's willing to wait to see if that substance eventually emerges.
  • The statement: Read the full text of the statement signed by Trump and Kim via the Guardian.
  • Winners, losers: Among the winners are Trump, Kim, Mike Pompeo, and, yes, Dennis Rodman, writes Callum Borchers at the Washington Post. Among the losers: Justin Trudeau, who became the victim of Trump's desire to project toughness ahead of the summit, and North Korean citizens, because human rights concerns were all but ignored. A separate analysis by Josh Rogin at the Post suggests the biggest winner of all is China. Everything played out as Xi Jinping wanted.
  • Odd moments: The BBC rounds up some of the odd moments, including Trump's quip to photographers before he and Kim sat down for lunch. "Getting a good picture, everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin?" Meanwhile, Chris Cillizza at CNN rounds up no fewer than 49 quotes that jumped out at him. One example from Trump: "I think, without the rhetoric, it wouldn't have happened," he said, referring to the previous bombast between the leaders.
Trump was not shy in complimenting Kim. Read his praise here.

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