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What just happened? Six experts break down Trump-Kim handshake

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CNN Opinion asked a group of expert commentators to weigh in on the historic first meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong UnRead full story

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  • Right now, we have a freeze for freeze – North Korea freezes its ICBM and nuclear tests while the Americans freeze our military exercises with South Korea. But the biggest win from the summit is that the short-term risk of military conflict is now all but inconceivable.

  • Amazing photo opportunity for both leaders but ultimately America has the most to lose as North Korea up until this year was a hermit kingdom with no international relations to speak of. Ultimately how the region and America’s allies respond will be critical. We live in the era of a reality tv star US president who understands ratings and treated this summit like wrestle mania so even with the bizarre news conference and Rodman sideshow nothing surprises me anymore. Whether this summit or the G7

    Amazing photo opportunity for both leaders but ultimately America has the most to lose as North Korea up until this year was a hermit kingdom with no international relations to speak of. Ultimately how the region and America’s allies respond will be critical. We live in the era of a reality tv star US president who understands ratings and treated this summit like wrestle mania so even with the bizarre news conference and Rodman sideshow nothing surprises me anymore. Whether this summit or the G7 becomes the harbinger for the future of US foreign policy will be determined by history, but I worry about the future of international relations in which America is no longer is in synch with its allies and prefers empty summits with adversaries and rivals that have little incentive to help us beyond the summit.

  • No matter how much you break things down or judge for a photo op you have to be grateful that the two countries are meeting. I watched it last night and it was refreshing to see the two interact in person rather than hate tweeting each other.

  • The fact that they met is a big win for the world. We have basically hated one another for like 70 years and that just doesn’t go away! Let’s see where it goes before calling it a failure. I’m a glass half full kind of guy.

  • When will we know if the trump Kim summit was a success? when CNN's body language and handwriting experts weigh in. Just kidding. it will take months and years. if people like it, it was good for trump who knows experts are a small group

  • Donald Trump's looked like he was about to conduct a serious job interview haha, and Un just looked ecstatic to actually be at the table. Neither appears to be overly combative or duplicitous in their body language, and both seem to have a view of the seriousness of the moment. it should boil down to a good round of talks.

  • There seems to have been little in the way of agenda for this meeting (which is usually what happens when leaders decide to show up and shake hands and employ little to no machinations of diplomacy.

    What we are left with is a very successful PR campaign—and very vague promises. That seems to be in line with what these two leaders want though, both being more focused on the photo-op than the policy.

  • I watched the event from 9 PM, when the two men assembled, to 530 AM, when Trump ended his increasingly bizarre press conference. The truest thing Trump said was his praise of Kim’s negotiating ability, because North Korea came out of that event much better than I could have expected.

  • Don’t be fooled! The underlying truth; “Trump floated the prospect of beachfront hotels and other real estate developments in North Korea during his meeting with the country's leader, Kim Jong Un. [He] told Kim that instead of testing ballistic missiles, the cash-strapped country "could have the best hotels in the world” The Hill, 6/12/18.

  • We have, as a nation, just legitimized a despot, dictator and a man who murdered his own brother without even batting an eye.

  • Wish all of the folks on the left and right...give it a chance. The fact the two met is a win for diplomacy and hopefully a start to something bigger and better...as Trump himself would say “we will see what happens”

  • I would take this meeting with a grain of salt. Both leaders are very volatile.

  • Yes, this could have happened with previous administrations, but this one understands the " art of the deal " and puts America first!! eg: the terrible Iran deal.

    Remember that silly Reset Button?

    An absolutely amazing year and a half.

  • It is the beginning of a long process. At least the process has started but should have started with previous presidents.

  • From a educated American citizen , what just happened was President Trump showed more business acumen. Next maybe a line taken from a former actor and US President “Mr Un Tear down that wall!

  • Why didn't they display their Dennis Rodman autographed coffee mugs?

  • Ignorance is quick to judgement. Some folks sadly are never satisfied. Imagine if this were Obama instead of Trump. There would be much less distasteful criticism & more recognition, and respect. This was a potentially prosperous & magnificent act of peace! About time.

  • History making 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

  • Face-to-face was the sole benefit of this meeting going against years of our refusal to meet with dictators. Nothing else changed and in fact the communique simply looks like Kim Jong Un’s agenda. 🤔

  • Finds it very disturbing that Trump said Kim loves his people and treat them wonderfully...anyone have any insight on this? Just want to see if I’m having the same thoughts as anyone else...

  • Respectfully, Mr Walker, this could hardly be called an ‘empty summit ‘ if a de escalation of conventional and nuclear materials and personnel results. Look at the forest and don’t despair over personalities you dislike.

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