Shepard Smith of Fox News had a scathing assessment of the results from the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Here’s what he said
“The United States made concessions in exchange for no hard promises,” Smith began his program, “stopping joint military exercises with South Korea while North Korea makes a vague commitment to work together towards denuclearization.”
“The agreement the leaders signed are very short on specifics,” he said.
“The talk happened, hands shaken, photos taken, and during a private meeting, promises were apparently made,” Smith continued. “But who wanted what? Well, America demanded complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. C.V.I.D. Complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.”
“There is no guarantee of that,” he said.
“Not even words to that effect,” Smith explained. “And we may not know for years whether we’re actually now on that road, or left in the potholes of paths past.”
“Kim Jong Un got it all”
“But Kim Jong Un? He wanted the photos,” he continued. “The seat at the table. He wanted the legitimacy that came with the event. The handshake with America’s president. And he wanted those military exercises with the Americans and the South Koreans that happen every year to stop.”
“Kim Jong Un got it all,” Smith said, “for actually doing nothing.”
“Plus he got a promise, lacking specifics, granted, of security for the North Korean regime,” he added. “A regime that has an estimated 120,000 political prisoners across the nation. A regime that tortures and murders its own citizens, imprisons children for the actions of parents and grandparents, and a leader who has committed crimes against humanity.”
“President Trump insisted the people of the most entrenched land in all the world, North Korea, love their leader,” Smith continued. “President Trump says he trusts Chairman Kim, and that he’s read to start a new chapter with North Korea. What will the president’s special bond with Kim Jong Un mean for the U.S. and its allies? No specifics.”
Smith continued to criticize the promise of “denuclearization” from the North Koreans, saying there were no guarantees in the agreement. “No specifics of how to do it,” he said. “No timeline on getting it done. No verification. No inspection. No nothing else, just generalities.”
Here’s Smith’s scathing assessment of the North Korean summit:
The president and his allies are celebrating the results of the summit, while his critics are pointing to the lack of specifics and guarantees in the vague agreement signed by Trump and the North Korean dictator.