President Donald Trump of the United States met the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday, and didn’t hold back when complimenting his counterpart.
The two met to discuss the potential denuclearisation of North Korea and both signed a document to ratify their agreement.
After the signing, Trump and Kim appeared on the steps of the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island holding up the documents.
The US president said the meetings went “better than anybody could imagine”.
Trump was asked by reporters during his final appearance with Kim what surprised him most during their meetings.
He said Kim has a “great personality” and is “very smart”, which he described as a “good combination”.
The president said the pair had “a terrific day” and “learned a lot about each other and about our countries”. He added that he expects they will meet again many times.
Trump also said he “absolutely” would invite Kim to the White House.
Donald Trump has been criticised for his effusive praise of Kim Jong-un.
Trump said: “We had a terrific day and we learned a lot about each other and our countries.”
When asked what he learned about Kim, the US president said: “I learned he’s a very talented man and I also learned he loves his country very much.”
He added: “We’ll meet many times.”
Trump’s comments about Kim have drawn ire from online commentators, who point to the North Korean leader’s record on human rights and his people’s plight.
In 2014, a United Nations report concluded that North Korea’s crimes against humanity “entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation”.
The report said North Korea “operates an all-encompassing indoctrination machine that takes root from childhood to propagate an official personality cult and to manufacture absolute obedience” to Kim.
Trump was quickly criticised on Twitter for his comments praising the North Korean leader.