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“Before the summit, Trump had said he would know whether the affair would fly or flop in the first minute. ‘My touch, my feel—that’s what I do,’ he’d explained. The touch and feel must have been good, for one minute later, before they’d exchanged a word beyond small talk, Trump told reporters he was ‘honored’ to be in Kim’s company and predicted their meeting would be a ‘tremendous success.'” Slate’s Fred Kaplan on why the Singapore Summit was a very good day for Kim Jong un.

+ The Atlantic: “Kim has gone from an international pariah, a brutal dictator who rules over what is essentially a personal fiefdom, to something closer to a legitimate member of the international community.”

+ In addition to providing a stage and setting that lifted a murderous dictator to the level of world statesmen, Trump repeatedly said it was an “honor” to meet with Kim Jong un, who is a “very smart” and “talented” man with “a great personality” with with whom he shared a “very special bond.” Trump added: “I think he might want to do this as much or maybe even more than me … My whole life has been deals … I know when somebody wants a deal. … I just feel very strongly — my instinct … — they want to make a deal.” WaPo: In Kim He Trusts.

+ “The remarks contradicted countless previous declarations by U.S. political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely critical.” AP: Trump’s vow to end military drills with Seoul stuns a region.

+ This freeze for freeze is what China has been calling for.

+ NPR: Trump Wins Pledge From Kim To Return Remains Of Americans From Korean War.

+ The New Yorker: “There is hope today, among South Korea’s fifty-one million residents, in the strange chemistry of Trump, Kim, and the South Korean President, Moon Jae-in; there is a belief that a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War, and a stepwise plan for North Korea’s nuclear downsizing, if not total disarmament, could be imminent.”

+ “A story about a special moment in time, when a man is presented with one chance that may never be repeated. What will he choose: to show vision and leadership, or not?” Like all epics, the summit had a movie trailer.

+ Rebound Relationship: “Wearing a Make America Great Again baseball cap and a T-shirt bearing the name of his sponsor Potcoin, Rodman sobbed as he described his feelings about the summit.”

+ “They have great beaches. You see that whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, ‘Boy look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo?'” BBC: Six odd moments from the day.

+ Why Did Kim Jong un Bring His Own Toilet to the Trump Summit? (If you were a dictator, wouldn’t you?)

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