13.06.2018 | Trump praises Kim Jong Un as 'strong,' 'funny,' 'smart' and a 'great negotiator' in Hannity interview
Source - Fox News

President Trump, in an interview Tuesday with Fox News Sean Hannity, complimented North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after their Singapore summit as a strong guy and a great negotiator, and argued his once-fiery rhetoric directed toward Kim worked. Hes got a very good personality, hes funny, and hes very, very smart, Trump said of Kim in the interview that aired Tuesday night. Hes a great negotiator, and hes a very strategic kind of a guy. The president said he and Kim got along very well from the beginning of the summit. Thats in stark contrast to just a few months ago, when the president dismissively referred to Kim as Little Rocket Man, and warned North Korea that it will be met with fire and the fury like the world has never seen if it provoked the United States with its nuclear program. But Trump told Hannity he thought his tough style paved the way for Tuesdays summit. I think without the rhetoric, we wouldnt have been here, Trump said. I really believe that. Added Trump: So, I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it. Sometimes I felt foolish doing it. But we had no choice. The president left Singapore after the two leaders signed a document stating Pyongyang would work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The historic agreement came after the two leaders held several meetings throughout the day. Trump reiterated plans to end joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. So, were not going to be doing the war games as long as were negotiating in good faith, Trump said. The joint declaration stated that the U.S. has committed to providing security guarantees to Pyongyang. Whether the unpredictable North Korean leader will follow through remains unclear, but Trump sounded optimistic as he left the summit. His country has to be denuked, and he understood that, he fully understood it, Trump said. He didnt fight it. Trump also said in the interview he believed the North Korean leader would start to work toward dismantling his countrys nuclear program virtually immediately. We want to denuke the entire peninsula, Trump said. Trump also made a point to say American college student Otto Warmbier who died last year after being imprisoned by the North Koreans for 15 months did not die in vain. Warmbiers parents said Tuesday they were hopeful something positive would come from the summit. He was a great young man, Trump said. But I think without Otto, this whole thing wouldnt have happened. The president also said its possible Kim will make a trip to Washington in the future. I think at the right time, hell absolutely be coming to the White House, yes, he said.

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