He arrived on the White House in a black Chevrolet Suburban and was met by John F. Kelly, the president’s chief of employees, who ushered him to the Oval Office. Mr. Kim was accompanied by 4 different officers, however he introduced solely a translator with him into the Oval Office, the place he offered his chief’s letter to Mr. Trump in an oversize envelope and the two posed for pictures.
After the assembly, Mr. Trump escorted him to the South Lawn, the place the North Koreans posed for extra photos with the president and Mr. Pompeo. Mr. Trump chatted amiably with Mr. Kim, put his hand on the North Korean’s arm in a pleasant approach, shook fingers after which waved because the guests’ car pulled away.
“It was a big day for the North Koreans and their international standing, and the contrast with the treatment of our allies and neighbors today was palpable,” stated Christopher R. Hill, the lead negotiator for President George W. Bush’s effort to achieve a cope with North Korea. “My impression is that the North Koreans would not budge on deeper denuclearization and stuck to generalities without time lines.”
Sung-Yoon Lee, a scholar on the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, stated Mr. Trump stuffed a wide range of “unnecessary concessions” right into a “goody bag for Kim Jong-un.” Among them had been easing up on “maximum pressure,” agreeing to an extended time-frame, validating Mr. Kim as a pacesetter by promising extra summit conferences, and signaling that China, Japan and South Korea ought to prepared financial support.
“A total victory for North Korea today, without having made any meaningful concessions or signs to change,” Mr. Lee stated.
Even some Republicans provided pleasant recommendation to Mr. Trump, warning to maintain his guard up. “You have to not want the deal too much,” Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican chief, stated in a speech in his dwelling state, Kentucky. “If you fall in love with the deal, and it’s too important for you to get it, and the details become less significant, you could get snookered.”