That announcement, it turned out, was an understatement. "The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts". Word followed that the summit was being cut short by a few hours and the president would be returning to Washington early.
Trump and Kim ended their second summit in Hanoi on Thursday without reaching an agreement.
"He tells me he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word". "But in the meantime, we'll be talking".
But Harry Kazianis, Director of Korean Studies at the Centre for the National Interest, said that no agreement was better than a bad one.
"Kudos to him for walking away from the table", said Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think-tank that has been highly skeptical of Trump's efforts with Kim Jong Un.
Her religious charity has received a green light in recent weeks to deliver assistance from the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.N. Security Council committee, but they are still awaiting approval from the U.S. Treasury Department for a request last August to spend cash in North Korea and to collaborate with a local partner on a program to support pediatric hospitals in that country.
Pelosi said it's "strange", as Trump has in the past taken the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence community with regard to election meddling.
Cha called the failed Hanoi huddle "a breakdown that probably didn't need to happen the way that it did".
"I hope our teams will get together in the days and weeks ahead and work out".
"We're in the beginning of this process. But certainly, in that system, he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader". But since he began building his reputation as a diplomat and dealmaker on his budding relationship with North Korea's Kim, his rhetoric has changed dramatically.
"Where do we go from here?" But in return Mr Kim wanted all sanctions lifted, something the U.S. was not prepared to offer, Mr Trump said. He added that it might be hard to see an opportunity such as the Hanoi summit again. "The good news is it's not so catastrophic".
"He is the head of a country, and I mean he is the strong head", Trump told Fox News after the 2018 meeting. He just said a deal is not there for now.
This time, Reuters reported that chefs were brought in from North Korea to collaborate with Western chefs to create a menu that was influenced by cuisine from both sides of the world.
"He gave cover.to a leader who knew very well what was going on with Otto Warmbier", former Republican senator Rick Santorum said on CNN.
Trump told reporters that "a lot of great ideas" are "being thrown about".
The bureaucracy that has taken root as a result of extensive United Nations and USA sanctions has complicated the ability of humanitarian aid organizations to respond to needs in North Korea, despite a series of humanitarian aid exemptions written in United Nations sanctions resolutions.
In return, Mr Ri said, the North had wanted only partial lifting of sanctions "that hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of our people". Cohen called Trump a "racist" and a "con man" and detailed a litany of alleged wrongdoing by the president.
Wang Yi, a senior Chinese diplomat, said difficulties in the talks were unavoidable but the two sides should press on and China would play a constructive role.
"I don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen, it just wasn't to his advantage to happen".