No 'Fake News': Trump Holds Calm, Courteous News Conference in Singapore

By Susan Jones | June 12, 2018 | 8:40am EDT
President Trump speaks to a roomful of reporters, calmly and courteously, in Singapore. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - "I haven't slept in 25 hours," President Trump told a 4 a.m. EDT news conference in Singapore following his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Nevertheless, the president spoke to reporters for more than an hour, never using the term "fake news," although he did admit he was apprehensive about taking their questions.

"So it is an honor to be with everybody today, the media -- it's a big gathering of media, I will say -- makes me feel very uncomfortable, but it is what it is. People understand that this is something very important to all of us, including yourselves and your families, so thank you very much for being here."

Amazingly, at the end of the news conference, the president was applauded as he walked off the stage. More on that in a moment.


At one point, President Trump called on CNN's Jim Acosta, a reporter he has shunned in the past: "Be nice. Be respectful," Trump admonished.

Acosta asked Trump what assurances he received that Kim Jong Un is not "cheating" or "gaming the system" when he promises to give up his nuclear weapons.

"Very fair question," Trump told Acosta, adding that he believes Kim "might want to do this as much or even more than me because they see a very bright future for North Korea."

Several reporters prefaced their questions by congratulating the president on his historic summit with Kim. Trump thanked them.

When a reporter asked Trump what North Korea is giving the United States in return for the U.S. canceling its war games with South Korea, Trump apparently didn't like the question, but he answered: "I don't always want to go against the press, because I just don't -- especially not today, this is too important. But I notice that some of the people are saying that 'the president has agreed to meet, he's given up so much.' I gave up nothing. I'm here. I haven't slept in 25 hours, but I thought it was appropriate to do."

Trump called on some of the reporters by name, even asking the Time reporter, "Am I on the cover again this week?" (Time has run some unflattering covers of President Trump, most recently depicting him as a king.)

At the end of his long news conference, President Trump said he'd be heading back to Washington. "So I don't know about you folks, but it's been a long time since I've taken it easy. So now we can take it a little bit easy, and then the work begins again.

"And I appreciate everybody being here, and I hope we've answered your questions, and thank you very much and sort of congratulations to everybody, because this is really -- to me, it's a very important event in world history. And to be really true to myself, I have to add -- I want to get it completed. So Mike (Pompeo), our whole team has to get to work and get it completed, because otherwise we have done a good job, but if you don't get the ball over the goal line, it doesn't mean enough, OK? So thank you and sort of congratulations to everybody in the room. Thank you very much. Appreciate it.


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