Trump proclaims ‘there is no longer a nuclear threat’ upon return from summit

Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  President Donald Trump took to Twitter to reassure Americans to “sleep well tonight” upon landing in Washington, D.C., early Wednesday morning after the landmark summit in Singapore between the United States and North Korea.

He tweeted out a few congratulations to candidates running in primary races on Tuesday, in addition to taking a victory lap for his summit with Kim Jong Un. He also took a shot at his predecessor in office, saying the “most dangerous problem” outlined by Barack Obama was no longer a threat.

Trump returned to the United States after he wrapped a day of high-stakes meetings with Kim and ultimately came to an agreement with the supreme leader on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

But before he landed back home, both opponents and allies raised concerns about any peace agreement with such a longtime enemy of the United States.

“I read the statement, and it’s difficult for me to see if something was actually agreed to or not,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. He added that the Trump-Kim agreement is nothing more than a “few sentences on a sheet of paper” that were “very aspirational.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted, “One more thing about KJU. While I know @potus is trying to butter him up to get a good deal, #KJU is NOT a talented guy. He inherited the family business from his dad & grandfather. He is a total weirdo who would not be elected assistant dog catcher in any democracy.”

Trump was also criticized for giving too many concessions to North Korea, including failing to acknowledge the human rights crimes alleged against Kim, and pledging to end the “war games” or the joint military exercises conducted with a long-standing ally of the United States — South Korea.

“It is worrisome — very worrisome — that this joint statement is so imprecise,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “What the U.S. has gained is vague and unverifiable at best. What North Korea has gained is tangible and lasting. We’ve legitimized a brutal dictator who’s starved his own people.”

A senior South Korean defense ministry official said Tuesday that South Korea is trying to determine exactly what President Trump meant when he said exercises would end.

The brief one-page agreement emerging from the summit provides a framework for a path toward peace with the secluded authoritarian state, but the United States did not achieve many of the goals outlined by the administration leading into the summit.

During a news conference after the summit, when asked why “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization” was not secured in the details of the agreement, Trump conceded that there simply was “no time.”

“I’m here one day,” he said. “We’re together for many hours intensively, but the process is now going to take place.”

A timeline laying out exactly when denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will happen or how long that will take has yet to be determined.

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