President Donald Trump finally had his summit with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, and now everything is fine and we can move on with our lives, right? As the late-night circuit collectively groaned on Tuesday night, well… not exactly.
Take Stephen Colbert. The Late Show host was perplexed by Trump’s admiration of Kim. Pundits have pointed out that the U.S. didn’t get much of anything concrete out of their signed agreement, other than a reiteration of Kim’s previous statement to work towards the de-nuclearlization of the Korean peninsula.
To Trump’s statement “I’m given what I’m given” to ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos about working with a brutal dictator like Kim, Colbert quipped, “Kim kills his own people, but it’s not like he kneeled during the National Anthem.”
Trump also admitted, as shown in video from C-SPAN, that he could be wrong about North Korea. “Honestly, I think he’s gonna do these things. I may be wrong,” he said. “I may stand here before you in six months and say, ‘Hey, I was wrong.’ I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that, but I’ll find some kind of an excuse.”
“Did he suddenly become self-aware?” Colbert asked. Then, channeling his Trump impression, he continued, “If I’m wrong, I’ll make an excuse then I’ll start to believe the excuse then I’ll attack anyone who remembers what I used to say because it was all Obama’s idea.”
Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel compared the meeting to “when Scooby-Doo met the Harlem Globetrotters.”
He then laid out, “Trump wanted to make it look like he did something big. Whether he did something big or not, he was not leaving the summit without pretending he made a deal. So he sets the meeting, he has the sit-down, he hears what he wants to hear: blah blah blah. As soon as the meeting’s over, he runs, calls a press conference, declares victory, everyone goes home, Kim Jong-un does nothing differently at all.”
“In fact,” he added, “the only thing we know they signed was a declaration of friendship. For real.” This inspired Kimmel to make a similar declaration to his Jimmy Kimmel Live cohort Guillermo.
“No matter your feelings on Donald Trump, he is currently attempting diplomacy over war, which is undeniably the better option,” Seth Meyers began his “Closer Look” segment on Late Night. “That said, I do have some concerns based on some things Donald Trump did and said yesterday and also based on the fact that he is Donald Trump.”
Meyers went on to mock how the two looked like “they got set up on a blind date by their weirdest friend” and can’t seem to find “a suit that fits them.” He then tore into Trump for praising Kim.
“What are you talking about?” Meyers exclaimed. “This is a guy who starves his own citizens and assassinates people with anti-aircraft guns. You’re talking about him like he started Apple in his garage.”
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