While speaking at a rally for Senate candidate and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) in West Virginia, Trump spoke glowingly of his relationship with Kim.
“I was really being tough and so was he,” he said. “And we would go back and forth. And then we fell in love. No really. He wrote me beautiful letters.”
Trump also pointed to the role China has played in the evolving relationship with Kim.
“I have great respect for President Xi, great respect, tremendous respect for China. But they have taken advantage of our country for decades. We have rebuilt China. We have rebuilt China. I used to talk about this,” he noted.
The President said that he did not want to emphasize China’s exploitation of the U.S. because he needed their help.
“I didn’t press it initially because I wanted them to help us with North Korea and they have, and they have. And we’re doing well with North Korea.”
He noted the short period in which he has dealt with North Korea compared to his predecessors.
“You know these guys it’s been what, three months since I left? These guys saying, “What’s happening with North Korea?” Hey folks, they’ve been doing this stuff for 75 years — 3 months.”
Furthermore, the President stated, “I got along very well with Kim Jong-un, really well. Good chemistry.”
He pointed to his success by reciting the fact that North Korea has not launched any new rockets since his meeting with Kim and his administration didn’t pay $1.8 billion in cash for the hostages.
“There’s been no nuclear tests, and they say, “What’s taking so long?” I say for 40, 50, 60 years — but during the nuclear age for 25 years you’ve been working, and nobody complained about the fact that President Obama was unable to do anything with North Korea. And he considered it like, just read the papers you’ll see what he considered it.”
Trump added further, “So, I’ve been three months, I have a very good relationship with Chairman Kim. We’ll see what happens, who knows? Can I be honest, who knows? But I haven’t taken off the sanctions. We have massive sanctions. I want to take them off quickly, but they’ve got to get rid of the nukes. We’ve got to get rid of the nukes. Got to get rid of them.”
He continued, “But who knows what’s going to happen, I mean maybe it will work out — but I think we’ve done a good job, you know, in a short period of time.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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