Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n°85

Surreal moments and a rare press conference highlight Trump-Kim summit

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 giugno 2018

By Pete Vernon. Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un concluded the day of talks by signing an agreement in which Kim promises to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. Trump called the agreement “very comprehensive” in a press conference following the signing ceremony, but the text of the document contains no mention of concrete steps the North Korean regime would take to fulfill that pledge.The whirlwind day in Singapore concluded with the president taking nearly an hour of questions from journalists, his first solo press conference in more than a year. Trump appeared confident, celebrating his administration’s accomplishments and brushing off concerns about the US conceding to end military exercises that the US and South Korea conduct in the region. He also claimed that he raised concerns about the North Korean regime’s human rights violations “at length,” though the issue was not mentioned in the agreement.The meeting with Kim began with a handshake, broadcast across the US on network news reports and cable stations (ABC even cut into The Bachelorette to cover the moment). Trump and Kim then walked together to a private meeting, joined only by their respective interpreters. Throughout the day, including at a working lunch with various aides, Trump and Kim were depicted as peers, world leaders discussing issues of global consequence. That, in itself, is a victory for Kim; no sitting US president has ever met with a North Korean leader.While Trump and Kim were meeting, cable news was left with hours of breaking news airtime to fill. In a surreal moment, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, anchoring from New York in his new evening role, spoke with former NBA star Dennis Rodman, one of the only people to have met with both Trump and Kim. Wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and a T-shirt advertising a marijuana-focused cryptocurrency, Rodman became emotional while speaking about the North Korean dictator’s love for his country. Cuomo then cut to commentary from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who admitted that Rodman possesses unique knowledge of both leaders’ personalities.Trump’s post-meeting press conference began with a propaganda-style video, prepared by the US, painting a rosy picture of North Korea’s possible future. The president then referred to himself as “an emissary of the American people to deliver a message of hope and vision, and a message of peace,” before taking questions from more than two dozen reporters. He appeared relaxed, teasing The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker about negative stories, telling CNN’s Jim Acosta, “Be nice, be respectful,” and thanking One American News’s Emerald Robinson for her network’s favorable coverage. Praising his own deal-making ability and instincts, Trump framed the meeting as a success, and said it was possible he would invite Kim to the White House or travel to Pyongyang himself.After a meeting that seemed unimaginable only a few months ago, there will be plenty to analyze in the hours and days ahead. Details of the agreement Trump and Kim signed are currently being debated on cable news. As for Trump, he closed his press conference by answering a shouted question about his thoughts on the summit, saying, “I feel good. I feel very good.” (font: CJR Editors)


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