Singapore summit

Historic summit is a cause for celebration — not nitpicking

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Today should be declared a holiday from nitpicking, a time to celebrate what has been accomplished instead of fixating on the possible pitfalls. It is an occasion to look forward with hope, instead of backward with suspicion. Through that lens, the deal is a sensational triumph for much of the human race, one that could improve the security of hundreds of millions of people in America, both Koreas and Japan. It also lifts the spirits of anybody anywhere who believes in the possibility of peace on Earth.

Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginning

Newt Gingrich, Fox News

I do not believe everything is done. We are not entering a Pollyanna world of being close friends with North Korea. I do believe, however, that – through a combination of toughness and boldness, aggressiveness and flexibility, and resolution and an amazingly fast grasping of tactical opportunities – President Trump may have begun the process of opening up North Korea and changing history. President Trump has already accomplished more with North Korea than Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined. And this is just the beginning.

The rumble and the thrilla in Singapore

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The state-run North Korean media told the North Korean public only Sunday, for the first time, about the summit. The White House says this is a “sign for optimism,” and maybe it is. Kim Jong-un’s reputation is on the line, too, insofar as a despot who can kill and brutalize at will has to worry about his reputation. Nevertheless, since the alternative to war is usually better, it was probably worth doing.

Singapore summit sequel — let's hope it's better than the original

Editors, Washington Examiner

Trump's performance in Singapore had the unreal air of a reality show, Fortunately, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton are serious minded statesmen where their boss is a showman. We hope they are building a more substantial edifice around Trump's quick agreement. If so, Trump's summit may yet be the foundation for a real and laudable diplomatic achievement. Americans and the people of East Asia must hope, as we do, that he succeeds in this, perhaps the most critical challenge of his presidency.