Trump's statement was portrayed by critics as an unreciprocated concession.
"'Things like, if they could move the ships back from South Korea, I would do what I have to do to listen. Look forward to further comment and clarification from the president when he gets here". The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.
Col. Jennifer Lovett, a spokeswoman at the USA military command in South Korea, said the command "has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises".
Their first moments together were picked apart for any clues about how the political heavyweights would match up.
He said "to solve this problem, of course, we need to achieve denuclearisation and complete denuclearisation", Trump's main demand that North Korea should dismantle its nuclear weapons programme.
Thirty five thousand Americans died on the Korean peninsula between 1950 and 1953 and 7,700 are still listed as missing-in-action. "That is to say, it should be solved through dialogue, through peaceful means", Chinese state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi said soon after Trump and Kim began their meeting.
If we ever needed visual confirmation of just how freaky world diplomacy is in 2018, we now have it: in the spritely form of Dennis Rodman arriving in Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit in a marijuana cryptocurrency T-shirt. We will be saving a tremendous amount of money.
But it's unclear if or when U.S. sanctions against North Korea could be lifted.
"Six and a half hours - that's a long time for these big massive planes to be flying to South Korea to practice and then drop bombs all over the place, and then go back to Guam", Trump said.
Rodman appeared on CNN Monday night to talk as an expert about the relationship between North Korea and the United States.
But the chances of North Korea successfully emulating the Vietnam model are "slim", according to a team of economists at Capital Economics led by Gareth Leather. Trump not only sandbagged the Moon Jae-in government in Seoul, he sandbagged his own Pentagon by announcing that he had agreed to Kim's request to cancel USA military exercises with South Korea. South Korea contributes, but not 100 percent, which is a subject that we have to talk to them about also.
The president later told reporters he'd halt US-South Korea joint military drills, which stunned both Seoul and Washington. "I don't think they are looking as much to the Mediterranean and so much at Syria like they were, with total confidence".