tv President Trump Remarks on North Korea Summit CSPAN June 2, 2018 5:15am-5:33am EDT
president trump also answered questions about nafta and his recent decision to impose tariffs on canada, mexico, and the european union. president, can you come talk to us? can you come out this way? president trump: we will be meeting june 12 in singapore. days duringnt two this. we have gotten to know their people very well. you people are going to have to travel because you will be in singapore on june 12. i think it will be a process. i never said it goes in one meeting. i think it will be a process. the relationships are building, and that is very positive. >> what is your sense on what the north koreans are willing to do on the issue of
denuclearization? president trump: i think they want to do that. i know they want to do that. they want other things along the line. they want to develop as a country. that is going to happen. i have no doubt. japan is involved. south korea is involved. we are involved in terms of getting everything. everybody wants the united states. we are run to help in the process very much. without us, it would not happen. there are a lot of positive things, including with china. you see positive things with helpednt xi, who has quite a bit with this. i never said it happens in one meeting. you're talking about years of hostility, years of problems, years of hatred between so many different nations. i think you are going to have a very positive result in the end, not from one meeting.
>> you appear to question their sincerity in your letter to kim jong-un last week. have they gone far enough now? president trump: my letter was a response to their letter. the media forgot that. i did not cancel the meeting. i canceled in response to a very tough statement. i think we are over that. totally over that. now we are going to deal, and we are going to start a process. we're meeting with the chairman on june 12. i think it is going to be ultimately the successful process. we will see. remember what i say, we will see what we will see. i think it is going to be a process that we deserve to have. they want it. we think it is important. i think we would be making a big mistake if we did not have it. i think we will have a relationship, and it will start on june 12. >> what can you get done in one
meeting? ,resident trump: don't forget this is a meeting where a letter was given to me by kim jong-un, and that letter was a very nice letter. would you like to see what is in that letter? how much? how much? >> would you give us a flavor of what is in the letter? president trump: a very interesting letter. i will be able to give it to you maybe, and you will be up to see it, and maybe fairly soon. this was really a letter presentation that ended up being a two-hour presentation. we found the whole subject matter very interesting. i really think they want to do something. if it is possible, so do we. i think all we are going to do is be there on june 12, and we will see what happens. dealing very
well. they have a very good relationship with our secretary of state, mike pompeo. the was going to be delivery of a letter, and it ended up being a two-hour conversation with the second most powerful man in north korea. about almost everything. we talked about a lot, and we talked about sanctions. i don't want to say. we talked about a lot of things. the big deal will be on june 12. it is a process. we are not going to go in and sign something on june 12. whenever work. we are going to start a process. we can go fast. we can go slowly. i think they would like to see something happen, and if we can work that out, that would be good. the process would begin on june 12.
>> do you believe kim is committed to denuclearization? president trump: i think he is. he wants to be careful. he is not going to run and do things. to be honest, we have sanctions on. they are very powerful sanctions. we would not take sanctions up unless they do that. the sanctions are very powerful. you will see how powerful sanctions are when it comes to iran. you see what that is going to iran. we have sanctions on. i look forward to the day when i can take the sanctions off of north korea. did you talk about human rights today? president trump: we did not talk about human rights, no. >> did you talk about sanctions? president trump: yes, we did. they asked about sanctions. excuse me? it is going to remain what it is now.
i don't want to use the term maximum pressure anymore because i don't want to use that term. we are getting along. it is not a question of maximum pressure big at some point hopefully a deal at the benefit of millions of people will be worked out. >> the state of relations now between united states and north korea after you meeting? president trump: i think they are ok. i think they are good. are they like the relationships we have with a couple of other countries, i think not. it is as good as it has been in a long time. they had no relationship under the previous administration. there was nothing. it was nothing. it was just nothing. nothing was done. folks, this should not be up to me. they should have been handled a long time ago. they should have been handled many years ago, not only by president obama, but by other
presidents. this should not have been done now. aid?rth korean economic president trump: i don't think the united states will have to send. i think south korea will do it. i think china will help out. i think japan will help out. i don't see the united states spending a lot of money. we have three hostages. how much money did i spend for the hostages? we are far away. we are very far away. those places are very close. we are 6000 miles away. i have articled south korea, you know, you are going to have to get ready, and japan also. i think they really want to see something great happen, japan, south korea, and china. that is their neighborhood. where are you on that today?
president trump: i did not like it. i did not like the russian meeting yesterday. i said, what is the purpose of that? it could be a positive meeting. if it is a positive meeting, i love it. if it is a negative meeting, i'm not happy. that could happen. we talked about it. we talked about ending the war. this war has been going on, it is got to be the longest war, almost 70 years. there is a possibility of something like that. that is more the signing of a document. it is very important in one way. historically, it is very important. we did discuss that. the ending of the korean war. can you believe we are talking about the ending of the korean war? you are talking about 70 years. we are going to discuss it prior to the meeting. that is something that could come out of the meeting. that is something that could
maybe come out of the meeting. >> where is china on this? president trump: i think china would like to see a very positive result. i have a lot of good relations with chairman xi. he is a very wonderful guy. he is a man that loves china. he wants to do what is best for china. i think china and president xi want to see something happen here. >> when you say you will guarantee north korean security, how will you do that? president trump: we are going to make sure it is secure. we will make sure when this is over, it is over. it is not going to start up again. they have the potential to be a great country. i think south korea is going to help a lot. i think japan is going to help a lot. i think china has been to help a lot. that is a complicated question. >> you talked about the bright promise of north korea should it choose to join the company of nations, but if you leave kim in
place, can you really have a transformation? president trump: i think you can. i think it is going to be successful. they are incredible people. i think it is good to be a great success. we will see you on june 12. i'm sure we will see you a little before that. how is sarah doing? ok? i think you will probably have others. it be wonderful if we walked out and everything is settled? i don't see that happening. i see it happening over a period of time. take your time. one thing i did do and was very important, we had hundreds of new sanctions ready to go. the director did not ask, but i said i am not going to put those on until as such time the talks break down. we have very significant sanctions out. we have hundreds that are ready
to go. why would i do that when we're talking so nicely? i think it is a getting to know you meeting plus. that could be a very positive thing. >> did you send anything back? president trump: i have not seen the letter yet. i purposely did not open it. i did not open it in front of the director. i said, would you want me to open it? he said you can read it later. i may be in for a big surprise. [laughter] >> what about nafta? president trump: nafta has been a terrible deal for the united states. we lose over $100 billion a year with mexico. we lose many billions of dollars with canada. restrictive as to taking our agricultural products and other things.
all of these countries, including the european union, they charge five times the tariffs. we don't charge tariffs essentially. wordieve in the reciprocal. you are going to charge five times, we are going to charge five times. it is going to be done now. we are negotiating numerous deals. we are talking about nafta. i would not mind seeing nafta where you go by a different name where you make a separate deal with canada and a separate deal with mexico. you're talking about very different approaches. i would not mind a separate deal with canada where you have one type of products and a separate deal with mexico. these are two very different countries. it has been a lousy deal for the united states and stay one. we lose a lot of money with
canada, and we lose a fortune with mexico. it is not going to happen like that. mexico has taken our car countries, a big percentage. we cannot do that. the american worker agrees with me. obviously, the stock market agrees. ,hen you look at what happens you are starting to see i'm right. when you see the kinds of tariffs they charge, and we don't, that is called not fair trade. i want fair trade. i like free trade, but i want fair trade at a minimum. the other side understands. to be honest, they cannot believe they have gotten away with this for so many decades. >> some of our closest allies are planning long about these new tariffs. president trump: they are our allies, but they take advantage of us economically.
i love them, but mexico is making over $100 billion a year, and they are not helping us with our border because they have strong laws, and we have horrible laws. we have horrible order laws. they could solve our border problem if they want to, but they don't want to. i think we have a good chance of doing some great trade deals that will make america great again. that is what we are doing. $8 trillion in value -- you know, where double the size of the economy of china. we have picked up a lot of value, a lot of wealth since i thanbecome president, more $8 trillion. that is a low number. we're talking stock market wealth. our countries are doing great. our military is rebuilding. we have a lot of great things going. the trade is going to be easy.
other countries understand, you know, when i talk to them, they look at me, and this is in closed doors, not to you people, and they say, we cannot believe we have gotten away with this for so long. you guys cannot believe we have gotten away with this for so long. i want everybody to watch because we have such a great country right now at this level. i don't think we have ever been, on an economic scale, you look at the numbers, 3.8%. we have the lowest numbers of unemployment that we have had, is it 50 years? i think it is 50 years. we have some of the best economic numbers we have ever had as a nation. that goes a long way. we are building something very special. remember, twice the size of china.
good meeting today. i think it is a great start. >> what is on the agenda today? president trump: a little relaxation and a lot of work. we have a lot of calls set up. i am negotiating trade deals. i am working. i'm working hard for you people. thank you. >> c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up this morning, goldwater institute's sally: discusses right to try legislation. will discuss how
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