Shep Smith: Trump gave Kim everything he wanted, and got nothing in return

Fox News host Shepard Smith tore into President Trump over the North Korea summit on Tuesday, saying the president gave Kim Jong Un everything he wanted, without getting anything in return. 

Smith lamented that the agreement signed by Trump and Kim at the historic summit did not contain language guaranteeing “complete, verifiable, irreversible” denuclearization by North Korea.

“America demanded complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization … there’s no guarantee of that, not even words to that effect,” Smith said.

The agreement, signed by the two leaders in Singapore Tuesday, commits the U.S. to provide unspecified “security guarantees” for North Korea, in exchange for a denuclearized peninsula. But it does not provide details.

{mosads}Trump also said Tuesday that the U.S. and South Korea would halt some of their joint military exercises, reportedly without consulting South Korea.

Smith, who has not shied away from criticizing Trump, said that the meeting was largely advantageous to Kim.

“He wanted the photos, the seat at the table, he wanted the legitimacy that came with the event, the handshake with America’s president,” he said. “Kim Jong Un got it all, for actually doing nothing.”

Smith also listed human rights abuses in North Korea, which were apparently not discussed in Tuesday’s talks.

“A regime that tortures and murders its own citizens, imprisons children for the actions of parents and grandparents, and a leader who has committed crimes against humanity,” Smith said.

Smith, 54, was named Fox News chief anchor and managing editor of its breaking news division in 2013.

His contract was renewed in March 2018. Smith has been with the network since its inception in 1996.

— Joe Concha contributed.

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