Historic summit opens path to peace and a lot of questions. President Trump promised that the U.S. will stop all "war games" on the Korean peninsula if North Korea's Kim Jong Un will start the process of denuclearization—a process Trump expects Kim to get on "very quickly" after their historic meeting in Singapore today.
"We are going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world," Trump said after the meeting in a joint statement with Kim. It said the U.S. is "committed to provide security guarantees" and that Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
"We had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind," said Kim afteward. "The world will see a major change."
The Trump-Kim summit "opened the door to ending seven decades of hostility between the two countries," says The New York Times in a live briefing on all the nitty gritty details.
It may have also opened the door to Trump Towers Pyongyang.
In a news conference following the summit, Trump also praised North Korea's beaches "from a real estate perspective." You can see that the country has great beaches "whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean," said Trump. He continued:
I said, 'Boy, look at that view. Wouldn't that make a great condo?' You could have the best hotels in the world right there. Think of it from a real estate perspective. You have South Korea, you have China and they own the land in the middle. How bad is that, right? It's great.
Overall, the post-summit statements from Trump and Kim are "bold" yet lack detail, reports the Times.
In a post-summit interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Trump said North Korea was "going to get rid of certain ballistic missile sites and various other things" but that they would "put that out later." He said they will "probably need another meeting."
Kim did pledge to destroy one particular missile-engine testing site, according to Trump—though this was not in the agreement they signed. "I got that after we signed the agreement," the president told reporters.
I said, 'Do me a favor; we've got this missile-engine testing site. We know where it is because of the heat.' It's incredible the equipment we have, to be honest with you.
Reactions to the summit and to Trump's post-summit statements have been predictably mixed. While North Korean denuclearization is undoubtedly a good thing, some worry that Kim is all talk. We'll see.
Many are freaking out over Trump's real estate comments, but it's hard to tell how seriously he meant them and, hey, capitalist development has helped defang dictators at least as bad as Kim.
Trump's complimentary words about Kim and North Korea have also raised cries of alarm—his statement that things were "rough" in North Korea but also "rough in a lot of places" echoed the "violence on many sides" that drew ire after protests last year in Charlottesville.
North Korea: the Charlottesville of the Pacific https://t.co/qAlVbyMbJi— decidedly anti-flamethrower (@jesseltaylor) June 12, 2018
But others point out that there would be little good to come from the U.S. president publicly bashing Kim while attempting diplomacy, and suggest that this is Trump's way of buttering up the brutal dictator. As long as Trump doesn't start getting any ideas from Kim, we're probably OK.
A few additional details of interest from and perspectives on the Trump-Kim summit:
So, um, summit journalists. Do not plug this in. Do not keep it. Drop it in a public trash can or send it to your friendly neighborhood security researcher. Call any computer science department and donate it for a class exercise. I'd be glad to take one off your hands, btw. https://t.co/vz8xjUIjVz— Barton Gellman (@bartongellman) June 11, 2018
China a winner here too. North Korea halts nuclear tests, US halts military exercises — like the doulble freeze proposal floated by China and strongly rejected by US last year— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) June 12, 2018
Trump showed Kim Jong Un a video clip that resembled a movie trailer, telling the story of "two men, two leaders, one destiny." https://t.co/ORsjmZTyFq— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 12, 2018
Oh, and Dennis Rodman was there.
If you had money on Dennis Rodman-touts-a-pot-based-cryptocurrency as the C-plot to Trump's North Korea summit, see your bookie.— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) June 12, 2018
This is the most lit timeline
We got Dennis Rodman discussing North Korean foreign policy while crying live on CNN pic.twitter.com/6SII9clbjx— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) June 12, 2018
That so many people - even just on Twitter - are praising Dennis Rodman is disgusting. HE BEFRIENDED KIM JONG UN. COME ON— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) June 12, 2018
Dennis Rodman arrives in Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit in a T-shirt promoting a cannabis cryptocurrency.
We've reached peak 2018. pic.twitter.com/W6UcbF5BPj— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) June 11, 2018
Resisting "hate speech." Cato Institute Vice President John Samples reviews former ACLU president Nadine Strossen's new book, Hate Speech: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, on the Cato blog this week. "Hate speech" laws very often "fall hardest on the very people they are intended to protect," Samples writes. More:
Strossen draws attention to the fact that prohibitions of "hate speech" are characterized by unavoidable vagueness and overbreadth. A law is "unduly vague" (and unconstitutional) when people "of common intelligence must necessarily guess at its meaning." "Hate speech" laws are inherently subjective and ambiguous in their language, with the use of words like "insulting," "abusive," and "outrageous." Specific to laws about speech, vagueness "inevitably deters people from engaging in constitutionally protected speech".
Ruling in AT&T/Time-Warner merger case comes today.
It's judgment day for AT&T's merger with Time Warner https://t.co/AF0eVSIMmP— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) June 12, 2018
- Domino's pizza is now branding potholes.
- Behold the liberating power of commerce.
- "The Trump Doctrine is, 'We're America, Bitch.' That's the Trump Doctrine."
- NXIVM founder Keith Raniere's lawyers say the FBI "cherrypicked" texts between him and actress Allison Mack for the feds' sex-trafficking case against them. "These communications are not evidence of sex trafficking or any other crime," said attorney Marc Agnifilo.
- "'Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' -Chinese Proverb" tweeted Ivanka Trump yesterday. There's just one problem...
- The New York City Housing Authority used "elaborate ruses to fool federal inspectors" say federal prosecutors.
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