U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions about the summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during a press conference at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore.

By Liberty McArtor Published on June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a sitting North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, on Tuesday in Singapore. To cap the highly-anticipated event, the two men signed a short U.S.-North Korea agreement.

The document claims Trump and Kim had “a comprehensive in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions.”

The U.S. would “provide security guarantees” to North Korea, it said. And Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” Kim made the same commitment after meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in April.

The agreement contains a general theme of forging good relations, peace and denuclearization, but lacks specifics. However, it does state that remains of military members who died in the Korean War will be repatriated.

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More negotiations will follow, the document stated. In a press conference, Trump said Kim would visit the White House at the “appropriate time.”

Reactions on Twitter

The joint statement describes the summit as “an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries.” On Twitter, some reacted with similar praise. Others disagreed.

Pastor Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, tweeted “this is just the beginning of a new chapter between NK and the U.S.” He said he would continue praying for wisdom for both leaders.

Johnnie Moore, an advocate for persecuted Christians around the world and a part of Trump’s evangelical advisory board, tweeted that there is “every reason in the world for optimism.”

Author and radio host Eric Metaxas didn’t pull any punches when describing Kim as “the monstrous head of a truly evil brainwashing cult.” But he still expressed hope for the future.

Conservative author and speaker Erik Erickson indicated his disapproval of Trump’s conduct and the summit’s outcome, also taking a jab at perceived Republican hypocrisy. In particular, Erickson took issue with Trump’s post-summit statement that Kim’s “country does love him.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio commented on the hypocrisy of the left.

Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush, doubted whether North Korea truly intends to get rid of its nuclear weapons.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro noted many of Trump’s post-summit comments, and said it was too early to tell if they would come to fruition.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee wondered if critics would give Trump any credit at all for taking a “historic step.”

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  • Supertx

    Huckabee’s tweet summed it up best for me.

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