"A new report from Israeli intelligence claims that the United States 'retreated from its position" on several key issues Donald Trump hoped to accomplish during his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. After Fox News host Bret Baier called Kim Jong Un a "killer" who is "clearly executing people", Trump responded that "he's a tough guy".
Immediately after the announcement on June 12, United States forces in Korea said they had received no guidance on stopping any drills, and South Korean officials said they were trying to figure out which exercises Trump was referring to.
"Despite its many flaws, the Singapore summit represents the start of a diplomatic process that takes us away from the brink of war", Cha, who the Trump administration had considered for the post of ambassador to South Korea, wrote in The New York Times in the immediate aftermath of the summit. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".
"I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous, " Pompeo said in Seoul, where he was seeking to reassure USA ally South Korea about Trump's negotiation, including a surprise halt to joint military exercises involving the US and South Korea.
In the early months of Mr Trump's presidency, North Korea's missile tests and sabre-rattling rhetoric from the president - he warned that Mr Kim's regime would be subjected to "fire and fury" if it used nuclear weapons - heightened tensions dramatically.
Trump has recently been full of praise for Kim's autocratic rule over North Korea, saying he admired how the people of that country were in nearly reverence of him.
President Trump, however, wants to have a major foreign policy victory, or at least something that looks like a victory.
The White House Thursday distanced themselves from the president's remarks, suggesting Kim "loves his people" and is "very smart" and that he wasn't trying to sugarcoat Kim's long list of human-rights violations. "Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience".
'One broadcast said: "He gave up so much,"' Trump vented.
While Mr. Trump said he wanted to suspend military drills as a show of good faith during continuing negotiations with North Korea, he seemed just as concerned about their cost.
"Our republic has consistently maintained that even if a country has had hostile or confrontational relations with us, we will improve and develop the relationship with it, should it respect our sovereignty and treat our country in a friendly manner", it further said.
A majority of 55 per cent say it is too early to tell whether the summit was a success for the United States and an nearly identical majority (56 per cent) say it was too early to tell whether it was a success for North Korea.
Kim has managed to build upon the work of his father and grandfather and secured the highest form of recognition that there is - a bilateral meeting with the president of the most powerful country on the planet.
Trump's controversial quips draw fire from the quick-to-tweet media because they feed into a caricature created by his opponents, said Chris Barron, a pro-Trump Republican strategist.
"We have a really great relationship for the first time ever", Trump said. A North Korean general saluted Trump, and the president saluted him in return.