When President Donald Trump left the second Summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un without making a deal on denuclearization, several were quick to label the Summit a failure — but the U.S. president made it clear during the leaders’ one-on-one he’s in “no rush” and wants to make sure the “right deal” is made.
The discussions in Hanoi, Vietnam, left the president walking away without a deal signed due to demands by Kim to fully lift the sanctions on North Korea, as IJR News reported.
“It was all about the sanctions,” Trump said at a news conference.
“Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that. They were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions for that.”
However, after Trump left without reaching a deal on denuclearization, several people were quick to call the Summit a failure.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 28, 2019
Hitler told me he had nothing to do with killing those Jews. And I take him at his word. #TrumpFail
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) February 28, 2019
I mean, the fact that today is the 5 year anniversary of this tweet, on the day that everything fell apart in Trump's botched negotiations in Hanoi and Trump got accused of serious crimes by his own lawyer…is just a bit too on the nose, isn't it? https://t.co/xUMZuKJwRz
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 28, 2019
There were several others, though, who stood in defense of the president’s Summit and against the trending hashtag on Twitter, “TrumpFails.”
Yesterday they tried to distract us from the summit with liar Michael Cohen’s testimony, now to downplay the president’s efforts we have this idiotic hashtag #TrumpFail. What the people tweeting about this don’t seem to get is if Trump “fails”, we all lose. Wake up, liberals!
— derek schwartz (@derek_mafs) February 28, 2019
The hashtag #TrumpFail is trending and I find it inappropriate. People should not be hoping the President fails or taking pleasure in his failure on the global stage. Whether you like @realDonaldTrump or not, he represents America in foreign affairs. We want America to succeed.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 28, 2019
Reagan walked away in Reykjavik and Trump smartly walked away in Hanoi. #PeaceThoughStrength
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 28, 2019
During the leaders’ one-on-one meeting in Hanoi on Thursday, Trump seemed optimistic about a possible deal in the future, explaining, “When you have a good relationship, a lot of good things happen.”
As for the longer term, the president claimed there will be “fantastic success” with Kim.
“I have to say, very much from the beginning, that speed is not that important to me,” President Trump said, according to the White House, later adding, “again, I am in no rush.”
“We don’t want the testing, and we’ve developed something very special with respect to that,” he added.
“… No rush. No rush. There’s no rush. We just want to do the right deal. Chairman Kim and myself, we want to do the right deal. Speed is not important. What’s important is that we do the right deal.”
Kim responded to a future deal saying, “I wouldn’t say that I’m pessimistic.”
“From what I feel right now, I do have a feeling that good results will come out,” the North Korean leader said.
As IJR Red reported, President Trump touted that the two leaders have a “very special relationship,” while Kim praised the “courageous political decision” by President Trump for the second Summit.
“We had some options, and at this time we decided not to do any of the options,” the president said during the press conference on Thursday about no deal being made. “And we’ll see where that goes.”
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— Department of State (@StateDept) February 28, 2019
Despite not reaching a deal, President Trump called the Summit “productive,” “but sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times,” later adding, “I’d much rather do it right than do it fast.”