Jun 13, 2018, 6:49 AM ET

Trump proclaims 'there is no longer a nuclear threat' from N. Korea after return from Singapore summit


President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage Americans to "sleep well tonight" upon landing in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning following the landmark United States-North Korea summit in Singapore.

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Trump also tweeted a few congratulatory comments to Republican candidates running in primary races Tuesday, in addition to taking a victory lap for his summit with Kim Jong Un. The "most dangerous problem" outlined by former President Barack Obama was no longer a threat, he added.

After the whirlwind trip, Trump eagerly boasted, "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea."

After wrapping a day full of high-stakes meetings with Kim, Trump called the summit a success for ultimately coming to an agreement with the supreme leader on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

But before he landed back home, both opponents and allies raised concerns about any peace agreement with such a longtime enemy of the United States.

"I read the statement and it's difficult for me to see if something was actually agreed to or not," Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said, adding that the Trump-Kim agreement is nothing more than a "few sentences on a sheet of paper" that were "very aspirational."

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted, "One more thing about KJU. While I know @potus is trying to butter him up to get a good deal, #KJU is NOT a talented guy. He inherited the family business from his dad & grandfather. He is a total weirdo who would not be elected assistant dog catcher in any democracy."

Trump was also criticized for giving too many concessions to North Korea, including failing to acknowledge the human rights crimes alleged against Kim, and pledging to end the "war games," or the joint military exercises conducted with a long-standing ally of the United States, South Korea.

"It is worrisome, very worrisome that this joint statement is so imprecise," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said. "What the US has gained is vague and unverifiable at best. What North Korea has gained is tangible and lasting. We've legitimized a brutal dictator who's starved his own people."

A senior South Korean defense ministry official said Tuesday that the South is trying to determine exactly what President Trump meant when he said that exercises would end.

The brief one-page agreement emerging from the meetings provides a framework for a path toward peace with the secluded authoritarian state, but the United States did not achieve many of the goals outlined by the administration leading into the summit.

During a news conference after negotiations between the two leaders, when asked why "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" was not secured in the details of the agreement, Trump conceded that there simply was "no time."

"I'm here one day," he said. "We're together for many hours intensively but the process is now going to take place."

A timeline laying out exactly when denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will happen or how long that will take has yet to be determined.

ABC News' Mariam Khan and Ben Gittleson contributed to this report.

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  • Nala

    THERE IS **NO** TREATY - why would any SANE person believe this admitted lier?

  • james

    No donnie nobody was worried about us going to war with NK before you started throwing rocks and acting like an idiot.
    And we NOT any safer today than we were last week. We may actually be less so.

  • concernedvoter

    And with a Wink Wink, smirk smirk, handshake, signed napkin, Trump has totally eliminated the North Korea Nuclear Threat, he can now remove all US Troops from South Korea and eliminate the Military excersises that have kept North Korea at bay for decades..

  • David Jones

    Come on people. I feel much safer now. I heard Trump loaded all the North Korean nukes into AF One and brought them back with him.

  • Debra

    So Donnie says that we're immediately safer after the summit. Why? What has really changed? NK still has the same nukes and missles. They haven't given up anything. NOT A THING. Kim is back home gloating about how the "war games" with SK will now cease, and he's telling his people that the sanctions will too. A propaganda win for Kim. How are we actually safer????

  • JR_from_Fla

    Nonsense. Until the next time. Nuclear weapons have been the great equalizers since the Cold War. I remember an uncle building a bomb shelter in his backyard in the early 1960's.

    Nuclear weapons are the big boners for those smaller nations competing against larger ones, and those larger competing against mega-nations. There will always be a threat.

    At last count I believe there are over 2,700 nuclear loaded weapons worldwide. That is enough to destroy this planet 10 times over.

    It is another of those big boys and their toys, those with the most at the end wins.

  • AlexaGuyer

    Trump was happy until he found out that Cohen was going to cooperate with Mueller. Whoopsie!

  • Brooks Payne

    Trump is delusional.
    North Korea has never kept promises made to other countries.

  • UnaMasYup

    What a moron.

  • Guiseppe Bootsky

    I said, “Boy, look at the view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo behind?” And I explained, I said, “You know, instead of doing that, you could have the best hotels in the world right there.” Think of it from a real estate perspective. You have South Korea, you have China, and they own the land in the middle. How bad is that, right? It’s great. But I told him, I said, you may not want to do what’s there. You may want to do a smaller version of it or -- you know. And that could be.

  • DuelingDogmas

    This is all 'fake news' from the Trump Intl media group. He never went to NK, it's faker that the moon landing.

    It's all on a soundstage outside Reno, NV. Kim is played by a Korean grocer Trump found during a late night grazing episode.

  • Terry G

    We've gained nothing and NK has gained everything? We've legitimized a brutal dictator?
    Isn't that what Barry did for years with Syria and the whole "red line" BS? Or maybe Iran when he gave they $2 BILLION with nothing to show?
    Yes, Donnie leaves much to be desired, but instead of sitting around with his thumb up his a $$, he is at least trying to DO something.

  • Stephen Bishop

    "I trust him"! You're the only one, fool.

  • Chuck

    What are we celebrating. A photo op? Sure wasn't anything concrete to show for all the bluster and self aggrandizing.

  • Top shelf

    North Korea is no longer a threat? Trump has clearly lost his grip on reality. 25th Amendment, now.

  • TomK

    Trump: "Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I created the crisis with NK as I have now given Kim the concessions he demanded. He’s got a very good personality, he’s funny, and he’s very, very smart. He’s a great negotiator, and he’s a very strategic kind of a guy, unlike myself.”

  • Niltsi

    Excellent!! Keep up the good work!

  • Alex

    Donald failed to get North Korea to agree to ANY specific actions despite giving concessions at the demand of the North Koreans. Nothing has changed except the fact that the US is in an even weaker position than before.

  • D Marie

    Trump admitted in his book "Art of the Deal" that he exaggerates or even lies about things, then sells it hard. The NK statements are just another one of his cons. Hilarious how so many Trump supporters have fallen for it. Separating the wheat from the chaff....Trump is at least good at that. Not hard now to spot those who are self-centered and easily manipulated.