Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

The flash commentary immediately after the long awaited summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called the joint statement signed by both leaders a home run for Kim, with Trump basically signing a weak memorandum of understanding.

The big picture: Trump himself brushed back against that criticism at his post-summit press conference, painting it as a first step that would hopefully lead to substantial outcomes in the future: "[W]e haven't given up anything other than — you're right — I agreed to meet. … Only a person that dislikes Donald Trump would say that I’ve made a big commitment."

  • NBC's Andrea Mitchell tweeted from Singapore: "Now that we’ve been given their statement it is far less than advertised. No new commitments. No timetable. No definitions. Glad they met but no breakthroughs."
  • Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama, called the statement "much much less than a binding deal. It’s nothing new, ... we gave up a lot for nothing. ... Very thin."
  • NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said from Seoul that while Trump could claim authentic successes by defusing war talk and getting a declaration of what Engel called "peace in principle," Kim Jong-un was "the biggest winner": "He got the recognition with the president of the United States on a world stage, and all he had to do was sign a piece of paper reaffirming something that he has already said in the past."
  • Ambassador Chris Hill — who served under Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama — said on MSNBC that the document appeared to be "drafted in haste," and is missing words like "verified": "There needs to be a companion action document."

A source close to President Trump told me after the summit that today was about "the longer play":

  • "Everyone got what they wanted out of this. Team MAGA [Make America Great Again] is going to say he’s done more than anyone else ever could and he’s just getting started. His detractors will say there’s no tangible win and he’s either naive or palling around with a dictator while taking shots at democratic allies."
  • "But ... what exactly did we give up? Maximum pressure continues. We didn’t lift sanctions. We got hostages back. We got the players to the table."
  • "Trump approaches some meetings as legitimate 'get it done' interactions, and some as softer personal sessions. This was about establishing supremacy, setting the tone in some way for a longer play."

The source, an experienced judge of Trump's body language, said the president "looked in control and at ease":

  • "There are always smiles and thumbs up, points and nods. But all of Trump’s cues suggested that he thinks he's the dominant player. He decided when to end the first handshake and photo op and escorted Kim offstage."
  • "That being said, Kim gets a P.R. win with his night on the town and by not making any public-facing mistakes in his massive turn on the world stage."
  • "Trump believes he’s got a real chance to pull this off in the coming months. Otherwise he would have either made a big scene and bailed, or demanded some type of quick and public concession so he could claim victory, then go home and regroup."

Go deeper:

Go deeper

5 hours ago - Technology

TikTok to pull out of Hong Kong

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

TikTok said Monday night that it would pull its social video platform out of the Google and Apple app stores in Hong Kong amid a restrictive new law that went into effect last week.

Why it matters: TikTok's move comes as many large tech companies say they are still evaluating how to respond to the Hong Kong law.

8 hours ago - World

Ethiopia's Nobel Peace laureate cracks down on ethnic violence

The image of a Nobel Peace laureate in military fatigues encapsulates the moment in which Ethiopia finds itself — on the verge of a transition to democracy, a descent into violence or, perhaps, a precarious combination of the two.

Driving the news: At least 166 people were killed after an iconic musician, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, was murdered last Monday in Addis Ababa, the capital. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed responded to the violence by sending in troops and shutting off the internet. High-profile opposition leaders were arrested, along with some 2,300 others.

Updated 9 hours ago - Health

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tests positive for coronavirus

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus after displaying no symptoms.

Why it matters: Bottoms, one of several Black women on the shortlist to be Joe Biden's running mate, has risen to national prominence in recent months as part of mass protests over racism and police brutality — driven in part by the killing of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta police.