In an interview with CBS on Sunday, President Trump called North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un a “smart cookie.” Then on Monday, Trump said he would be “honored” to meet with Kim.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely — I would be honored to do it. If it’s under the — again, under the right circumstances. But I would — I would do that,” Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg News.
Trump noted that he’s getting praise for meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday. “And people are saying that’s a very good thing to do, because I’d like to see peace in the Middle East and I’d like to see the Palestinians and the Israelis come together and Israel come together and have peace.”
The president repeated that “under the right circumstances” he would be willing to meet with Kim Jong-un.
“Look, we have tremendous power over there, and we cannot allow him to do what he’s doing. We cannot allow him to say what he’s saying. He’s making very provocative statements. We cannot allow that.”
Trump said he will not allow North Korea to reach the point where it can launch missiles into the United States. “Plus we happen to have great allies in that area, and I feel very strongly toward those allies. So, yes, under the right circumstances, I would absolutely meet with him.”
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