President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Cohen testimony alleges Trump knew Stone talked with WikiLeaks about DNC emails Trump urges North Korea to denuclearize ahead of summit Venezuela's Maduro says he fears 'bad' people around Trump MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s second summit ended without any agreement Thursday.
“The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “ “No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future.”
The lack of any tangible results is sure to give fodder to critics who have accused Trump of holding summits with Kim that are nothing more than photo opps that boosts the legitimacy of the North Korean dictator.
Trump appeared to lower expectations heading into the summit, saying repeatedly that he is in “no rush” to make a deal.
“Speed is not important,” Trump said Thursday. “What’s important is that we do the right deal.”
Still, Trump has been touting what he referred to Wednesday as a “very special relationship” with Kim and sought to entice him into a deal to relinquish his nuclear weapons by trumpeting the economic benefits that await him.
“I think it’s going to be an economic powerhouse,” Trump said of North Korea. “And it’s something I very much look forward to helping with.”
The summit has been competing for attention with the congressional testimony of Trump’s formal personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee that Trump is a “racist” and a “cheat” who had prior knowledge of WikiLeaks’s dump of damaging Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential race.
Hours before his first meeting with Kim on Wednesday, Trump tweeted that Cohen was only “one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately),” a sign the president is also paying attention to the events back in Washington.
“He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!” Trump wrote, referring to Cohen adviser Lanny Davis, who once worked for former President Clinton.