President Trump has wrapped up a busy summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and meetings with Vietnamese leadership in Hanoi, Vietnam.
While abroad, the president agreed to a business deal with Vietnam that will support 83,000 American jobs. Most importantly, the president continued to lay the groundwork for a long-term deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and strengthen American national security.
The president refused to lift sanctions on North Korea. He actually ended up abruptly cancelling events on the second day of the summit’s schedule in order to walk away from the table—reaffirming the Trump administration’s commitment to full denuclearization.
Earlier, in a press availability with reporters, Kim Jong-un stated that he is open to denuclearizing.
Overall, even though no large-scale deal was reached, North Korea has committed to continue their pause on testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. It’s important to keep in mind that it is better that President Trump wait and get the right deal with North Korea than to rush and sign a deal that is bad for America.
Here’s the bottom line: President Trump stood strong and chose to forego another photo-op with Kim Jong-un in order to effectively keep maximum pressure on North Korea. To me, this looks like a promising step towards denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.