President Donald Trump fired back at a reporter and other critics who complained about his methods of dealing with North Korea in the wake of the country’s history of human rights violations.
“You’ve spoken so passionately about the circumstances that led to Otto Warmbier’s death. In the same breath, you’re defending now Kim Jong Un’s human rights record — how can you do that?” CBS Correspondent Weijia Jiang asked the president Friday during an impromptu interview with reporters at the White House.
“You know why? Because I don’t want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family,” Trump responded.
“I want to have a good relationship with North Korea,” he said. “I want to have a good relationship with many other countries. What I’ve done, if you remember, if you’re fair, which most of you aren’t, but if you are fair, but when I came in, people thought we were probably going to war with North Korea.”
At this point, Jiang and other reporters jumped in to follow-up with another question but Trump was not finished, telling the group to be quiet.
“If we did, millions of people would have been killed,” he said. “Seoul has 28 million people 30 miles off the border. You would have had 30, 40, 50 million people killed.”
“Who knows what would have happened,” he added. “I came in; that is what I was inherited. I should have never inherited — that should have been solved long before I got there. I did a great job this weekend.”
Despite the history-making nature of the summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un, the president’s critics have continued to belittle the meeting, claiming the U.S. conceded a lot to the rogue nation. Trump defended himself and the U.S.’s position.
“You know what I gave up? I met. I met. We had great chemistry. He gave us a lot. You haven’t had a missile test in seven months. You haven’t had a firing. You haven’t had a nuclear test in 8 1/2 months. You haven’t had missiles flying over Japan,” Trump said.
“We’re well on our way to get denuclearization, and the agreement says there will be total denuclearization. Nobody wants to report that. So the only thing I did was I met. I got along with him great. We have a great chemistry together.,” Trump added. “That’s a good thing. not a bad thing.”
The president spoke to reporters outside the White House Friday as he made his way over to the “Fox & Friends” cameras for an impromptu interview.
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