He also praised North Korea's state-run media and said it was kinder than Fox News.
The secretary of state insisted North Korea was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would “be a process, not an easy one.”
It's too soon to judge the president's chaotic attempt at North Korea diplomacy as a failure.
Conservative pundits lauded the president's performance in Singapore and fiercely criticized anyone who didn't.
The president was responsible for bringing the student back to the U.S. after more than a year in North Korean captivity. Warmbier died days after returning home.
The agreement doesn't appear to contain firm promises but opens the door to further discussions.
"The press, they never stop,” the president was heard telling the North Korean leader, minutes after they met for the first time at a Singapore summit.
The former NBA star, who referred to Kim Jong Un as a "good friend," said the White House called him to thank him for his support.
The North Korean leader's bodyguards were spotted in Singapore, jogging alongside his limousine.
Here's what North Koreans are being told about the Singapore summit.