WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s reelection campaign was quick to tout this week’s summit in Singapore between the president and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as a win for the candidate.
In a statement Tuesday morning, Lara Trump, a campaign adviser and daughter-in-law to the president, said the summit “was an end product of President Trump’s bold and vigilant leadership on behalf of the American people.”
“These developments with North Korea are yet another validation that the American people were right to entrust Donald Trump to change the course and direction of our country that had been commanded by the political class in Washington for decades,” she said. “President Trump will continue to succeed in dramatic ways because he will always put America First and wishes only to succeed on behalf of the American people.”
After a one-on-one meeting at the Capella Hotel in Singapore, the two leaders signed a joint statement promising the following:
1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
However, the statement does not outline what full denuclearization will ultimately look like or address verification measures.
In a press conference after the meetings, Trump said verification was discussed and will ultimately be achieved by a combination of American and international inspectors.
“It’s going to be achieved by having a lot of people there, and as we develop a certain trust,” Trump said. “This is complete denuclearization of North Korea, and it will be verified.”
Trump also said the U.S. will cease joint military exercises with South Korea in the region, stating that they were “provocative,” something that counters previous claims from the Pentagon.
“We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. But we’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money.”