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the world. this is "new day." tuesday, june 12th. alisyn camerota in new york. i'm john berman here in singapore. the summit is over. the pictures were historic. the results, they are very much in question. president trump, he just boarded air force one on his way home after wrapping up a one hour and five minute news conference facing questions about what was actually achieved here. he called the meetings with kim jong-un intense and productive, yet he learned no new real language on denuclearization and he surprised the world announcing just moments ago a new major concession to north korea. they will stop what the president calls war games, referring to the joint military exercises the u.s. conducts with south korea regularly. the president also said he did discuss human rights with kim he initially said briefly but also called kim a very talented man, alisyn. >> john, great to have you on
the ground there. obviously we'll be dissecting everything throughout the program. president trump's big gamble was sealed with this historic handshake and heaps of praise on the north korean dictator. president trump says he has, quote, an excellent relationship and a very special bond with kim. meanwhile, the totalitarian leader now vows to, quote, leave the past behind, end quote. so what's next? let's begin our coverage with cnn's kaitlan collins live for us in singapore. what a day, kaitlan. >> reporter: it's a stunning day that unfolded with this morning the firsthand shake between president trump and kim jong-un to that press conference the president just held that lasted over an hour where he took question after question on this deal. it came into question what was the united states getting out of this. the main point coming out of that was that the president said he agreed with kim jong-un to stop those joint military exercises conducted by the
united states and the south korean military, something that greatly annoys the north koreans and kim jong-un. the president saying he's agreed to stop those because he believes they are very expensive and very provocative. >> 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. we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money, plus i think it's very provocative. >> reporter: so there is a reason those are provocative because of the north korea's nuclear arsenal they've been building. that is what president trump was here to discuss with kim jong-un. so a stunning statement there. the president seeming to give up a very major concession with agreeing to stop those exercises to kim jong-un. he was asked about that, giving up something like that. the president maintained he gave up nothing during that meeting.
he and kim jong-un met for over an hour privately one on one. he also said during that meeting he did bring up human rights abuses with the north korean dictator. here is what he had to say about that. >> kim jong-un, as you know, has killed family members, has starved his own people, is responsible for the death of otto warmbier. why are you so comfortable calling him very talented? >> well, he is very talented. anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough. >> what do you, president trump, expect kim jong-un to do about the human rights record regarding the north korean people? >> it was discussed. it was discussed relatively briefly compared to denuclearization. obviously that's where we started and where we ended, but they will be doing things. and i think he wants to do things. i think he wants to.
you would be very surprised. very smart. very good negotiator. wants to do the right thing. and i believe it's a rough situation over there. there's no question about it. and we did discuss it today pretty strongly, knowing what the main purpose of what we were doing is, denucing. but discussed at pretty good length. we'll be doing something on it. it's rough. it's rough in a lot of places, by the way. >> reporter: so a stunning statement from president trump there, saying that it's rough in a lot of places while talking about specifically the human rights abuses with the north korean dictator, someone who i should remind people executed his uncle and a dozen other officials, had his half brer killed, starved his people in favor of building up his nuclear arsenal as well as these death camps in north korea, several other things. to hear the president talk about it like that, he seemed to be ducking on the human rights issue when he was sitting there with the north korean leader. overall today several meetings
for the president. certainly a historic day. we'll see what it means for history. started out with the one on one meeting between the two leaders and their translators and bilateral meeting and later on into a working lunch and we saw the two of them come out and sign a joint statement. a joint statement that the president said was very comprehensive, talked about it in very glowing terms. we watched both of them put their name on paper about the statement. it's hard to see what the united states is getting here. beyond a vague commitment to denuclearization. this did not include the phrase the president, his secretary of state has been parroting, cvid, complete, verifiable, irreversibledenuclearization. that language was not included in this agreement from president trump. it's hard to see what the united states is getting and what they're giving up. they agreed to stop these exercises. he wanted to withdraw the 25,000
united states troops from the korean peninsula. he didn't say any new sanctions. certainly a stunning day here, alisyn. certainly historic. we have to see what kind of historic it does turn out to be. >> kaitlan collins, thanks so much. no doubt the world right now is trying to understand exactly what president trump announced just a few moments ago, that the u.s. will halt these joint exercises with south korea on the korean peninsula. we have breaking news. we just got a statement from south korea. unless you wonder whether this was a concession from the united states. listen to what south korea says the statement from their blue house the white house. at this moment we need to figure out president trump's accurate meaning and intention of this comment. however, we believe we need to seek various measures how to efficiently move forward the dialogues during serious talks are being conducted to denuclearize the korean peninsula and establish relationships between the north korean and the united states. we need to figure out the president's accurate meaning and
intentions. that's south korea, the united states partner in these joint exercises. joining to discuss all this jim sciutto. cnn global affairs specialist, joseph yun who knows more about this than anybody. also with us, cnn chief international correspondent christiane amanpour. i want to start with you. just step back for a moment. the president says this is a step forward. this comprehensive agreement with north korea as he calls it. is it comprehensive? is it a step forward? >> you know, just that breaking news you just read from the south korean presidency, we've been on the phone with the foreign ministry, they're all trying to figure out exactly what that giving up as the president said war games, joint military exercises exactly means which leads us to believe that even though he's been in consultation with his allies, it
looks like this was offered without having talked to his main ally in the peninsula and that would be president moon jae-in. that is what that statement seems to imply. and therefore we're all right to be seriously concerned about how that happened and why that happened and what did president trump get back for that. you know, it was amazing to see the two leaders together. it's always better for there to be a path towards talk and dialogue and peaceful resolution to these terrible and huge nuclear issues. but, it is very, very important to state that that declaration signed by both did not give what the u.s. said it wanted and what the allies said they wanted which was at least a commitment by the north koreans to start the dismantling and denuclearization process and not one that talked about the korean peninsula, because that is the old formula. that is the formula by which the north koreans, chinese, russians want to denuclearize the
americans and the south koreans in the whole area. they want the u.s. out of the area. and today president trump did a little bit to satisfy that wish from north korean, russia and china. so, it's going to be incredibly difficult to figure out and we're going to have to wait and see exactly what he got back from kim jong-un at this time. the meantime, the north koreans are telling their people the whole point of the trip was for their leader to be taken seriously and recognized as an equal international figure and head of state. and that's what this summit accomplished for them. john? >> and ambassador yun, we were sitting here, you have been in the middle of these negotiations and conversations with north korean for decades and you yourself acknowledged that you were criticized for being soft on north korean during the end of your tenure, yet you were surprised at what was delivered here. >> i was quite surprised.
and i looked at the document. i said, is this for real? you know, because it does not meet what i call minimum requirements in terms of what we expect them to do and what they expect us to do. that was a very valid point and you pointed out, south korea is a little confused. what does it mean to stop war games? this has been the standard demand that we stop joint military exercise for decades now. we've never given that in because it's been our right and it means readiness for our troops. i mean, what's the point of having troops there if they're not ready? and if they're not ready, if they cannot exercise. so that needs to be clarified with the south koreans and also by the white house exactly what do we mean?
is this forever or while the talks are going on? just for next month? white house needs to fill us in and let the south koreans know. by the way, john, you know, tomorrow very interesting regional elections in south kore where president moon big.ed like he's going to win i n't know whether this will influence it. south koreans have huge equity on what happened today in singapore. >> let me play a little bit more of the president's news conference. this issue is one he will have to deal with in the coming hours. did he concede too much to kim jong-un? he says no. listen to this. >> we haven't given up anything other than, you're right, i agreed to meet. and i think the meeting was every bit as good for the united states as it was for north korea. but i just wrote down some of the things we got.
and they -- sure, they got a meeting, but only a person that dislikes donald trump would say that i've agreed to make a big commitment. sure, i've agreed to take a period of time and come here and meet and that's good, but i think it's great for us as a country and i think it's good for them. >> he agreed to a meeting. that down plays the significance of this meeting for kim jong-un and appearing on this stage as an equal to president trump, the equal number of flags, the equal placement of all the delegates on the podium. it also diminishes the idea that the united states basically agreed to the north korean version of language on denuclearization. let me just read that. reaffirm, kim jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering complete denuclearization on the korean peninsula. the mere word reaffirmed tells you it's not new. >> there's a clear imbalance in specifics. the u.s. made very specific commitments to end the exercises. the president even brought up
withdrawing u.s. troops from the peninsula, a security guarantee to our closest ally, the one with the most skin in the game which is north korea's neighbor south korea. that's very specific. north korea gave no specifics on time line for denuclearization. no specifics on how that will be verified over time. these are the things -- those are the details that folks were looking for to see what the u.s. got from this. there's a clear imbalance in specifics for what the u.s. is saying it's going to give and what north korea is saying. and what is a test? if south korea, again, your closest ally in this issue here, comes out of it and says we got to figure out what just happened here. that shows not only that you didn't coordinate with the south koreans on this statement on concessions, et cetera, but that south korea has questions about how this went down. if they're saying that publicly, i have to imagine that in private there's a fair amount of nervousness, joseph knows them better than me. they were concerned about what was going to be given and
whether they will feel as secure afterwards. just one more point i would make, you talk about defining things on north korea's terms. the president called those joint u.s./south korean military exercises provocative. the u.s. has never said that. this is about building our alliance, this is about peace in the region, et cetera. the president defined those exercises on north korea's terms which u.s. presidents have never done before. they've taken great care to say this is not about you. this is about peace in the region, it's about preparation in the region. the president just played by north korea's rules on that issue. >> it's so interesting. people will look at the day and look at the pictures of president trump standing side by side with kim jong-un. again, it's never happened before. no sitting u.s. president has ever met with a north korean leader. that's historic, and talking is always good and preferable to the alternative. but when you get to the specifics, we talk about the
north korea, the exercises on south korea and human rights, really it's fascinating what the president said. he spoke about human rights again on terms that i would think that kim jong-un would love, sure, things are rough in north korea. but things are rough everywhere, in a way equivocating on human rights, on a regime that has been called a wartimes commiter against its own people. >> yeah. john, for sure, the human rights issue is a massive issue when it comes to north korea. and there's no doubt about it. i mean, it has death camps and famine because of its own policies not because of an excellent of weather or crop failure, its own policies of course in the '90s, but it has a very, very dire record on human rights as we've all reported for endless, endless years. the president, as you said, sort of equivocated as he does, well, all sides have problems or is one of many sides that does ugly or rough things. but the truth is, the u.n., the
u.s. have it very, very high, if not the highest on their list of human right violators. having said that, the main issue of today's summit was denuclearization. the biggest threat to the region and to the united states and to the world is the north korea's nuclear and intercontinental ballisticcapabity, on that it appears the president fell short. at a very minimum experts have told me, they needed to have got a declaration from north korea of what they had or a plan for in a week they would come back with a piece of paper and say we have this many nuclear weapons, we have this many intercontinental ballistic missiles. they're here, here and here. we'll allow you to verify it over a period of time. it will take a long time to disarm, but this is our start. apparently that did not happen. and then you have to ask, was the president's action on ending or suspending, we're not quite sure which, the war games, the
joint military exercises, was that inadvertent or was it deliberate? there are those who believe and the president said it himself that he would like the troops to come back and there are many who believe that, you know, the u.s. out of asia is a presidential desire and by the same token it would be very good for china to fill that gap very, very quickly. >> yep. >> thanks very much. alisyn, as i throw back to you, there seems to be this serious dichotomy, this split between the president's pride in what happened here, what he thinks he achieved here and the results that we're seeing on this paper before us, alisyn. >> the devil will be in the details, but for the moment, it's a historic day and he's achieved more than any other u.s. sitting president at least with this historic summit and handshake, so we will dive into those details of what comes next, john. meanwhile back at home, we have news to tell you about, president trump's chief economic
adviser larry kidlow is recovering this morning from a mild heart attack. this is, according to the white house. the president announced the news in a tweet 25 minutes before that historic firsthand shake with kim jong-un, cnn joe johns is live outside walter reed medical center in maryland with more. what do we know, joe? >> reporter: that seems to be the message, alisyn, that it was a very mild heart attack. we do know larry kidlow has been under a lot of pressure over the last three months, as long as he has, in fact, been on the job. the first word coming from the president in a tweet and followed up a little later in a statement from white house press secretary sarah sanders saying in part kidlow experience what had his doctors said is a mild heart attack currently here at walter reed. doctors say they expect him to make a full and speedy recovery. then the president and the administration send their prayers to him and his family.
of course, he's had a tremendous amount of work to do. he was, as you know, an opponent of tariffs, having to push through the president's tariffs plan more recently, having to take on the canadian prime minister after that controversial g7 meeting. of course, at that time, kidlow saying that canada had, in fact, stabbed the united states in the back. close, former adviser to the president, also close associate of mr. kidlow says he does expect them to make a recovery and says he needs to stop smoking. back to you, alisyn. >> that would be a good start to recovery. joe, please keep us posted on his progress there. thank you. so president trump bonding with north korea's dictator but feuding with america's long-time allies. so what happens when the president gets home? ♪ i was a c130 mechanic in the corps, so i'm not happy unless my hands are dirty. between running a business and four kids, we're busy.
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♪ president trump making history with north korea forging a new relationship with dictator kim jong-un. the president heaped praise on kim jong-un at the same time that there's tension with the allies. so what happens next? joining us now we have cnn political analyst david gregory and cnn global affairs analyst tony blanken. tony, from where you sit watching what happened today after all the efforts of past president, including president obama for whom you worked. what do you make of it? >> you know, alisyn, we have to put this in perspective.
just a few months ago leading into the olympic games, it looked like we were heading to war on the korean peninsula. now we're talking peace. now we're talking denuclearization. that's a good thing. and president trump should be applauded for the efforts he's making in diplomacy. the other perspective is this, we've been there before. time and again north korea made commitments to denuclearize and did the opposite. in 2005 and 2012, much more detailed commitments than what we've seen the last 24 hours. the proof really is in the pudding. we won't know for a long time whether this is real or serious. meanwhile, all the pressure that president trump effectively built up against north korea is starting to dissipate. so far i have to give a win to kim jong-un getting a lot out of this including the extraordinary recognition being on the international stage with president trump, the north korean and american flags flying together, all of that is a big win for kim jong-un. again, good to be pursuing the diplomacy, but let's wait and
see where this goes and if this turns into something real or like every past time it falls apart. >> it was interesting, david, the president talked about that, about what the time line will be, how he'll know if kim jong-un is complying. basically he said that the time line that he gave is about six months. that's when he'll know if this is working. so let me play that for you because the president also revealed what he'll do if it doesn't work out. so listen to this. >> i think he's going to do these things. i may be wrong. i may stand before you in six months and say, hey, i was wrong. i don't know that i'll ever admit that. i'll find some kind of an excuse. >> that moment of sheer honesty there. >> moment of clarity. >> what do you think? >> well, i think a couple of things. i think what tony said is important, but i think we also have to underline the first peace of this. we were on a heading that predates the trump administration of an egregious
crossing of the line with the north of nuclear provocation and testing. and unsatisfying response by the west led by the united states, by china and our allies that involved just economic sanctions, which is not to say that they didn't have teeth and didn't hurt and weren't effective, but it was a cycle. it was really a vicious cycle that was not getting the job done. and for us to be in this position where there is a discussion of a different way forward, we have to be cautious about it. and we have to be cautious because especially in our media age which captures the moment and not the process, we can't forget that there's a long process ahead. and that's what's important. what is it that we're actually getting out of this because as tony says and others have pointed out, what kim wanted coming into this was relatively modest. he wanted to be seen as the man. you know, as an international leader, not a pariah, not a dictator who starves his own people, we can't forget that,
oppresses his own people. he's gotten that. he created a deterrent value that drove us to the table by developing a nuclear arsenal, by testing it in a way that showed it had advanced rather quickly from where it was before. so the process is what matters now. there will be a lot to worry about if you're in the region. back home i think there will be a lot of politics being played about how much credit is due to president trump for achieving this. so, the process matters here. and you came into this segment talking about what's going on with our allies in the g7. we also have to judge that in the same way. in a moment n a flash, u.s. is taking on all of its allies. that may be a setup to negotiations to get a better trade deal and that can calm down too. we have to judge both of these ash point events and watch the >> such a great point, david. tony, listen, we don't know exactly the details of what they say is this comprehensive agreement they signed. if we look back to 1992, that
comprehensive agreement, it may be instructive. in that, in 1992, it was that north korea would not test, manufacture, receive, possess or store nuclear weapons. only use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, they would not possess nuclear reprocessing or uranium enrichment and conduct inspection of the objects selected. is that what we should be looking for? are those the guide posts for this agreement as well? >> we should be looking for that and for more. the irony is this, alisyn, president trump spent a lot of time demolishing the iran nuclear agreement. whether he can get something as strong as that with north korea is very, very doubtful. iran up front, up front, took apart virtually the entirety of its nuclear program. and up front, allowed the most intrusive inspection regime in the history of arms control. president trump can get that over the next six months, that will be a huge achievement. the important thing is this,
we've been there before, not just in ' 94 with the agreemented frame work but in 2005 and 2012. details thatheorth koreans walk back from. they perfected the art of string, ring and walk. now, this time it could be different. i agree with david. we're in a different place. that's better. it's certainly better than the course we were on a few months ago heading toward war. turning this into something real will take a huge amount of work. we won't know for some time. some of our allies are deeply concerned about the direction this is taking including in the region. the president committed to end military exercises with south korea. it's not clear that he coordinated that with the south koreans. they got to be wondering exactly what's going on. >> and you know, jim sciutto made a point a while ago in the program about the president adopting the language of the north, calling these joint exercises provocative. that's a real mistake and may have been loose talk on his
part, but it's why you have real experts who advise you on how to handle this because that seems to be an enormous concession. there's a danger and opportunity in what we're seeing. this is a top-down approach. this is very much the president obviously with his top teammates, secretary of state and others who are involved in this rather than a bottom up approach. i go back to this media age where nobody has the patience for a modest summit that builds to something big. it's got to be big. it's got to be a great photo. it's got to be historic and the details will work out later. no, we've got to watch each phase of this. it may be that there's a moment here where the north wants to open up, the north wants a better economic future and maybe they're willing to give up things that in tony's experience, we've seen promises of that never came to fruition. we simply don't know. we have a very unpredictable president in this regard who is very much in control of this diplomacy. >> we don't know the time line or when to expect some of these things, but today is obviously
the first step. so, tony blinken, david gregory, thank you both very much for all of that analysis. let's get back to john in singapore. >> thanks so much, alisyn. the president, he stopped and called a stopped the so-called war games with south korea. how is the south korean government responding? we'll have live reaction from seoul next. ♪
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of us. >> surprised but i think we may be surprised as well by their answer. i mean, let's frame this up for everyone. these military, joint military exercises, are a huge part of what give the south korean population the feeling and the governments the knowledge that if there is a military threat that's immediate from the north that they are ready to match it. the troops are ready to fight tonight. so they're on a hair trigger. training is hugely important. training on that kind of scale is something that's been done for a long time and builds that confidence. however, what we're hearing from the blue house, the president's office this evening in a statement, is this, let me read it to you -- he says, at this moment we need to figure out president trump's accurate meaning and intention of that statement that we heard. however, we believe we need to seek various measures to efficiently move forward the dialogue during these serious
talks or during serious talks are being conducted to denuclearize the korean peninsula and to establish relations between north korea and the united states. and what we've heard in other statements from president moon is that his congratulated president trump on the success of this summit and has stressed the need to sort of go that extra mile from south korea's point of view. however, he also clearly wants to be involved in it. secretary pompeo calling the foreign minister here shortly after the signing of that document today and the foreign minister here saying that they want to improve the closeness of the cooperation between the two countries. so i think what we're hearing from the president here is that this is an idea that we're open to. of course, for the people of this country who rely on this knowledge of a military ready to fight tonight,t may be a
bigger emotional hurdle for them to get over. john? >> interesting, though, that south korea says it needs to figure out the accurate intention and meaning of what president trump said. at least as of now, they simply don't know. our nic robertson in seoul. thanks so much. i want to bring in general michael hayden. general, thanks so much for being with us. the president says that he's suspending these joint exercises because he thinks they're provocative during negotiations with north korea. in other words, he doesn't want to muck up the negotiations. he wants to be nice. is that reasonable? >> well, i mean, the president obviously made a judgment that he needs that concession in order to keep this process moving forward. but john, that is the only concession that was made in yesterday's talks. the north koreans did not come with anything new. the new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our south
korean allies. that's actually a pretty significant concession. i got two tours in korea. you could set your watch by the exercise schedule. john, we have a fairly light footprint in south korea as nick just suggested. we've got a brigade up near the demilitarized zone, air force fighter wing or two. the whole defense of south korea is based upon our ability and the south and north koreans knowledge of our ability to flow forces to the peninsula quick that's why we do the exercises. they're about the defense of the south. and the president calling them provocative unfortunately takes the language out of the north korean propaganda machine. >> let's look at the talks in general, this summit that just happened. there's a glass half full and glass half empty perspective. glass half full first.
i'm old to remember the president was calling kim little rocket man and old enough to know my nuclear button is bigger than your's. the tension level was incredibly, dangerously high between the u.s. and north korea. and now it's less so. is that progress? >> no, that is. and this is a lot better than a whole bunch of other off ramps that may have been available 3, 6 and 9 months ago. there's goodness there. john, you and i talked yesterday. you asked me, what would be a good day? i said the wheels don't fly off, there's positive atmospherics and we agree to continue working forward. and all of those things happened. so, check, check, check. good news and a genuine sense of accomplishment by the president and his administration. period now. if you stop the clock right now, john, and look at the score board the north koreans are way ahead on points because that image yesterday of equivalence and the president's language, it's an honor to meet you.
he's tough. he's talented. that's a gift that will keep on giving for the north koreans. frankly, achieves a lot of their objectives for this process. >> you just gave me the glass half empty perspective so i can move on to one other thing here. you know, how do you reconcile the language president trump used to describe kim jong-un? very talented. they formed a special bond. with what we heard about, you know, justin trudeau, the prime minister of canada peter navarro, his economic aide, said there's a special place in hell for justin trudeau. >> you can't reconcile it. those are not words intended to describe objective reality. those are words that the president or his folks use in order to achieve a special, tactical objective. frankly, john, i think they overachieved in the description of both leaders. neither of those descriptions were warranted. there are other words in the english language that he could
have used to describe kim. serious. i look forward to our discussions rather than the words that he did use. >> general michael hayden, always an honor to speak to you. thank you so much for your time. >> thanks john. >> alisyn, again, here in singapore, tremendous excitement over this meeting, though going over the results trying to figure out what happens next. >> absolutely. we're doing the same here at home, but of course there's other news here at home, so we'll get to that as well because president trump could very well be a factor in republican primary elections today. so we have all of the details on those next. hi.i just wanted to tell you that chevy won a j.d.power dependability award for its midsize car-the chevy malibu. i forgot. chevy also won a j.d. power dependability award
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♪ president trump announced the united states will stop military exercises with south korea. exercises the president called war games. joining me now to discuss this cnn global affairs analyst and former u.s. special representative for north korea joseph yun is with me right now. ambassador, it's interesting one of the things you told me is that the united states has suspended these joint exercises before back in the '90s during that round of negotiations. what surprises you is the timing this go around. >> yeah. i think usually when we did it certainly in the '90s, it was part of a big, very detailed agreement on the agreed framework. and at that time we cancelled big annual exercise called team spirit and we replaced them with two smaller ones. and so this has come again way
earlier without really knowing what we get in return. and so -- then obviously it's caught our south korean allies surprise because saying we didn't know about it. you know, what's it all about. so, it's a little bit off, i would say. >> kim jong-un is on his way back to north korea at this moment. how will the people there get this news? what will be, you know, how will this be portrayed to them? >> well, you know, they've been covering this unprecedentededly from yesterday his arrival and you saw him, you know, walking down the marina yesterday. and so, for them, this is about legitimacy, respect and strength of the regime. strength of the kim dynasty, you know? so for them it shows north korea's right. they are negotiating in a position of strength. they have the nuclear weapons,
and they have the means of delivery. so it would be a materially different kind of take that north koreans will have than what we think. >> describe what you think the current reality is when it comes to the u.s. relationship with north korea. i think six months ago, really eight or nine months ago, there was the real idea that possible military action wasn't impossible. now it seems virtually impossible. >> i agree with you. we are in a better place. i mean, let's face it, we are in a better place military option for me is unthinkable that it would be exercised now. but remember why we got into trouble with north korea in the first place. it was about their nuclear weapons threatening us. it's about icbm capability to reach the united states. that has not materially changed. and so, what i am deeply worried is by not doing anything about
what's threatening us or the region in the first place which seems to be walking into what north korea wants. >> the president seems to be putting a lot of faith in kim jong-un. he says he believes kim will stand by his promises, whatever those promises are. we don't know what the specifics are. he says kim will stand by them. do you think the president is right in putting so much faith in kim? is he someone that can be trusted? >> we don't know. i mean, so far he's not shown anything to say he can be trusted because everything that is in declaration is what they've said before. so i would have hoped, john, that this was an opportunity really to press him, to do something to show he's serious. for example, he could have gone a step further in whole nuclear issue by telling the world what he has already. he hasn't revealed anything yet. how can you negotiate when you
don't know what the other side has. >> joseph yun, thanks so much for being with us. one of the many dusubjects bein discussed this meeting. president trump says he does north korean leader given his track record. is that a mistake? we have much more on the historic summit next. how can we say when you book direct at choicehotels.com you always get the lowest price on our rooms, guaranteed? let's say it in a really low voice. carl? lowest price, guaranteed. just stick with badda book. badda boom. book now at choicehotels.com
>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. good morning. welcome to your "new day." alisyn is in new york. i'm john berman here in singapore. the summit between president trump and kim jong-un is over. the pictures were historic. the results, they're in question this morning. the president wrapped up a one-hour and five minute news conference. he faced questions about what was achieved here. no u.s. president has ever met with a north korean leader. that has never been done. but beyond that, what did the u.s. get out of it? the president is now on his way back to washington. you can see pictures moments ago
boarding air force one. the president called the meetings intense and productive yet he really earned no new real language from north korea on the big issue at hand, that's denuclearization. and the president surprised the world announcing a new major concession to north korea, the president announced the u.s. will stop what the president calls war games, referring to the joint military exercises the u.s. conducts alongside north korea. the president also said he did discuss human rights with kim briefly but he called kim a very talented man. alisyn? >> john, president trump's big gamble was sealed with an historic handshake and praise for the north korean dictator. president trump says he has, quote, an excellent relationship and very special bond with kim. kim jong-un now vows to leave the past behind. so what does all that mean? let's begin our coverage with cnn's kaitlan collins. she is live for us in singapore. give us the