WASHINGTON — President Trump returned to the United States early on Wednesday praising his diplomatic prowess after his meeting with the North Korean leader and declaring, “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat” from Pyongyang.
In a series of Twitter posts at dawn, the president projected confidence as Air Force One landed outside Washington. After his summit meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, in Singapore, Mr. Trump appeared to be taking a victory lap even as critics cautioned that the nuclear threat from North Korea is far from over.
And the president pushed back against criticism that he had handed a victory to Mr. Kim by promising to cease military exercises that Mr. Trump described as “war games.”
Mr. Trump also touted his political influence in a House Republican primary race in South Carolina that ousted the incumbent, Representative Mark Sanford, in favor of a conservative challenger, Katie Arrington. On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Trump had tweeted that Mr. Sanford is “nothing but trouble.”
The president’s schedule, as released by the White House, listed no public events on Wednesday. But he issued 10 posts on Twitter before 8 a.m., including his declaration that the threat from North Korea had been eliminated, and praise for the United States, Mexico and Canada for winning the bid to host soccer’s 2026 World Cup.
As Mr. Trump returned to the White House, questions remained about whether the United States gave up more than it gained what had been a much-anticipated meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim.