The meetings between the two leaders in Hanoi, Vietnam started Wednesday night and were scheduled to conclude with a signing ceremony for some sort of agreement between the two nuclear powers. Instead, the talks were cut short on Thursday — even before Trump and Kim could share a planned lunch — and the White House announced there would be nothing to sign.
"It wasn't a good thing to be signing anything," Trump said during a post-summit news conference. "We had some options, and at this time we decided not to do any of the options, and we'll see where that goes."
"Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times," he added.
Trump is pushing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons as he dangles the prospect of an economic boost to the repressive country. Kim, experts say, wants to see sanctions eased without losing the strategic benefits of his weapons of mass destruction.
Trump said he had not committed to a third summit with the North Korean dictator. Still, Trump described the talks as "productive," and highlighted his relationship with Kim — "I think we'll end up being very good friends."
At the end of the day, though, Trump said he "would not have been happy about" any deal he saw on the table for Thursday's talks.