What's odd is that no one in the United States knows or can know if the summit was a complete sham or a genuine moment signaling the beginning of denuclearization akin to South Africa's or Ukraine's or even Libya's capitulation on weapons of mass destruction.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) summed it up Tuesday morning on my radio program this way: "The Singapore Summit ... was a positive step. This is an unbelievable first step", Ingraham said. It's an extremely non-traditional diplomatic move, but one that perhaps has some merit (maybe) when you consider Kim Jong-un likely grew up under his father's love of Hollywood films.
"We had it made up", the president said.
And depending on who's watching the video, it comes across as either an inspirational invitation for Chairman Kim Jong Un to bring his beloved North Korea into the modern world or a heavy-handed threat by President Trump to usher in an apocalypse if he fails to do so. "I really believe that", Trump said. I mean, that could very well be the future.
Asked what happens next, Trump said: "I think he's gone back to get this done".
A photograph showing Trump sitting with his arms folded as German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks was seen as defining the acrimonious nature of those talks. And about the summit they both echoed in various ways the famous Ronald Reagan formulation: "Trust, but verify". It's "stunning" and "not to be minimized in any way", but it's also important to remember that "Kim Jong Un has given up nothing at this point".
According to a menu card published from the White House, Kim and Trump had a plethora of western, Korean, Chinese and Malay dishes to choose from at the swanky Capella hotel in Singapore. And that, of course, leaves aside the fact they thought it prudent to try to out-North-Korea North Korea in the propaganda department.
But in Korean culture, it is polite not to make full eye contact with someone who is older, and Trump is twice Kim's age, the body language expert explained.