tv President Trump News Conference from Singapore CSPAN June 12, 2018 10:00am-11:06am EDT
washington journal, but plenty more to discuss. i hope you join us tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern, 4:00 p.m. p.m. pacific and now we take you back to the news conference following the meeting between present trump and kim jong-un. this is about one hour. ladies and jump in, the president of the united states, donald trump. ladies and geme esident of the united states, donald trump. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much, everybody. appreciate it. we haveeady to go back, had andouthree months actually because this has been going on for quite a while. chairman we gave to
kim and his people, his representatives, what could be done. it has the potential to be an incredible place, ee korea if you think about it and china, tremendous potential. i think he understands that any wants to do what is right. day tomy honor to address the people of the world following this historic summit with kim jong-un of north korea. we spent very intensive hours together and i think most of you have gotten the signed document or you will shortly. i stand before yems sary oamerio to deliver a message of hope and vision and a message of peace. let me begin by thanking our incredible hosts in singapore, especially prime minister, a
friend of mine. this is a country of profound grace and beauty and we extend our warmest wishes to every citizen of singapore, who really made this visit so important and so pleasant, despite all of the work and all the long hos. i also want to thank resident mona south korea. moon of southdent korea. he is working hard. prime minister shinzo abe of just leftend of mine, our country and he wants what is right for japan in the world. good men. wh really closed up that lessr, maybe a little bit over the last couple of months but that is ok. he really has.
he is a terrific person and a friend of mine and really a great leader of his people. i want to thank them for their efforts to help us get to this very historic day. most importantly i want to thank chairman kim for taking the first boldest step to a bright new future for his people, the first meeting between an american president and a lr of north korea. real change is possible. kim wasng with chairman honest, direct and productive. we got to know each other well in a very confined period of time. we are prepared to start a new history and we are ready to write a new chapter between our nations. nearly 70 years ago, think of that, 70 years ago, an extremely bloody conflict ravaged the
countless people died in the conflict, including tens of thousands of brave americans, yet while thmi agreed to, the war never ended to this day, never ended. now we can all hav hope iwi snl soon end. the past does not have to defe the future. yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's war. as hryovernd over again, adversaries can become friends. we can honor the sacrifice of our forefhers by embrin the horrors of battle with the blessings of peace. and that is what we are doing and that is what we have done. there is no limit to what north korea can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce, and engagement with the rest of the world.
that really wants to engage. chairman kim has before him an opportunity like no other, to be whoered as the leader ushered in a glorious new era of security and prosperity for his people. chairman kim and i signed a joint statement which reaffirms this unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. we also agreed to vigorous negoatio to implement the agreement as soon as possible. he wants to do it. this is not the past. this isn't another adrati that r arted. therefore, never got it done. chairman kim has told me, north korea has already destroyed a major missile engine testing site. in a signed
document, we agreed to that after it was signed. the site is going to be destroyed very soon for the missiles they were testing. today is the beginning of an arduous process, our eyes are wide open but peace is always worth the effort, especially in this case. this should have been donethis a long time ago. we are resolving it now. chairman kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people. anyone can make war but only the most courageous can make peace. the current state of affairs cann under forever, the people of korea, north and south are profoundly talented, industrious and gifted. these are truly gifted people. ha t same heritage, language, customs, culre and destiny.
to realize their amazing destiny, to reunite their national family, the menace of nuclear weapons will now be removed. sanctions will, remain in effect. we dream of a future where all koreans can live together in harmony, where families are reunited and hopes are reborn and where the light of peace chases away the darkness of war. this bright future is, this is what is happening, it is right there and within our reach. it is going to be there, it is going to happen, people thought this could never take place. it is now taking place. it is a very great day, a very great moment in the history of the world. kim is on his way back to north korea and i know for a fact, as soon as he arrives, he will start a process that will
make a lot of people very happy and safe. so it is an honor to be with makes me feel, very uncomfortable. [laughter] it is what it is. it is veryrstand important to all of us, including yourselves and your families. we will take questions. a lot of questions. go ahead. sure. go ahead. >> 2 questions. jong-unu met today, kim as you know has killed family members, start his own people, why are you so comfortable calling him very talented? pres. trump: he is very talented. anyone it takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it very few people at that
age, you can pick one out of 10,000 probably can do it. his parents are good friends of to, thiswithout oto would not have happened. it was a terrible thing, a lot of people started to focus on what was going on including north korea. is someoneink otto who did not die in vain. i told this to his parents -- especially young men -- special parents. special people. otto did not die in vain, thank you very much. question, the security assurances you talked about, can you be specific about what assurances you are willing
to give to kim jong-un? reducing military capabilities -- [indiscernible] pres. trump: we're not reducing. i have to be honest but i used to say this to my campaign, get wur soldiers out, bring our soldiers back home. we have 32,000 soldiers in south korea. i would like to be able to bring them home but that is not part of the equation right now. at some point i hope it will be but not right now. we will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless andil we see that future negotiation is not going along like it should. we will be saving a tremendous amount of money plus it is a very provocative -- yes? go ahead. i thought you were john roberts. >> we are frequently confused,
mr. president. [laughter] the joint statement does not talk about verifiable or irrersible denuclearization. is that a concession? pres. trump: not at all. if you look at it, it says we are going to, let's see here, i don't think you can be anyone plane than what we are asking -- plain than what we are asking. denuclearization, we talk about the guarantees and we talk about unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. this is the document -- >> did you discuss with chairman kim methods to verify with international organizations that process? pres. ump: it will be verified. >> how did debt -- pres. trump: it will be achieved
by having a lot of people there and as we develop a certain trust and we think we have done that, secretary pompeo has been really doing a fantastic job, his staff, everybody. as we do that we have a lot of people there and we will be working with them on a lot of other things. this is complete denuclearization. it will be verified. >> will those pele be americans or international? pres. trump: a combination of both. yes? yes. be respectful. >> very respectful, sir. what did kim jong-un say to you to ge e confidence that for once in the history of north korea, they are not cheating the the people who have to go in and ma're giving up the nuclear arsenal? pres. trump: he mentioned the
cthat they proceeded down a path in the past. in one case they took billions of dollars from the clinton regime and nothing happened. it was a terrible thing. he said, we have never gone as far. i don't think they ever have the confidence, frankly, in a president for getting things done and having the ability to get things done. he was very firm in the fact that he wants to do this. i think he may want to do this as much or more than me, because there is a bright future for north korea. you never know. right? you never know. we signed a very comprehensive document today and i think most of you have been given that document. we signed a very comprehensive document and i believe he will live up to that document. he willlands, shortly,
start that process right away. i do. very only say, it has been rhetorical. without the rhetoric, it would not have happened. without other things going along, the establishment was very important. i think he wants to get it done. i feel that strongly. [indiscernible] -- pretty good hair. the angelic glow of the background. thef course, denuclearization, is a problem in north korea, another huge problem is the deplorable record on human rights. was that discussed at all? is that something you will tackle? pres. trump: it was discussed.
it will be discussed more in the future. what was also discussed in great detail, joh the fact that, you know, i must have had countless calls and letters, anything you can do, they want the remains of their sons and fathers and mothers back. all of the people got caught in that brutal war, which took place to a large extent in north korea. i asked for it today and we got it. that was a very last-minute -- the names will be coming back. they will start the process immediately. so many people. so manyhe campaign, people said is there anyway you can work with north korea to get the remains of my son back? my father back? so many people asked me this question. now we get along with
that group of people and he agreed so quickly. it was a very nice thing and he understands it. he understands it. thousands,usands and over 6000 that we know of in terms of remains, will be brought back. the p.o.w.-mia issue is ver important. pres. trump: to a lot of people. , president trump expect kim jong-un to do about the human rights record regarding the north korean people? it was discussed. that is where we started and where we ended. they will be doing things. i think he wants to do things. you would be surprised, very smart, good negotiator, wants to do the right thing. he brought up the fact that in the past, they took, they never
were, there has never been anything like what has taken place now but they went down the line, billions of dollars were given in the following day, the nuclear program continued this is a much different time, much different process. it is very important to me. this is perhaps one of the reasons, -- as you know very well. i can't say with all the lights but, you don't look like either of the 2 -- [indiscernible] >> thank you, mr. president. pres. trump: thank you very much. >> touch on the issue of these treaty, will you travel to pyongyang soon? pres. trump: i will look forward to that at the appropriate time. i will also be inviting chairman kim at the appropriate time to
the white house. i think it is really going to be something that will be very important. he has accepted. at the appropriate time. we want to go further down the road. what we find today, a lot of things included. then you have things that were not included that we got after the deal was signed, i have done that before in my life. we did not put it in the agreement because we did not have time. most of you have been handed the agreement or soon will. you haven't? you can have those passed out. we just finished them a while ago. you will see what we are talking about. go ahead. >> congratulations. play endedapan the induction come up, the fate ,f the christians
[indiscernible] great troops. ,f production -- abduction other than the whole de-nuking subject, was the main point, i brought it up and we will be working on that. we did not put it in the document but we will be working on that. christians, yes. we brought it up strongly. grant spends a lot of time in north korea. it did come up and things will be happening. great question. yes. thank you, mr. president. to the question of human rights, you spoke very powerfully on the issue during your state of the
union address. you had the defector in the -- you set -- do you ,till believe -- pres. trump: it is a rough situation, there is no question , the main purpose of what we were doing. we discussed it at length. we will be doing something on it. it is rough and a lot of places by the way, not just their, it is rough. we will continue that and ultimately we will do something. lengthdiscussed at outside of the nuclear situation, one of the primary topics. >> is that the change to bring on this glorious new era?
pres. trump: i think it probably has to but it i think it will -- i thinit will. thank you very much. >> yes sir, thank you. what timetable do you envision for denuclearization and in the meantime, are you thinking about using sanctions? pr. scientifically, i've been watching about this and it takes a long time to pull off complete denuclearization. it takes a long time, scientifical. periods to wait certain of time and a lot of things happen but despite that, once you start the process it means it is pretty much over. you can't use them, that is the good news. i believe that will -- we will do it as fast as it can mechanically and physically be done. >> the sanctions? pres. trump: the sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor. sanctions played a big role but
they will come up at that point. i hope it will be soon. as you know and as i have said, sanctions remain. at a certain point, i look forward to taking them off. they will come up when we know where down the road, not going to happen and nothinis going to happen. >> thank you. pres. trump: please. >> thank you, mr. president. congratulations on the historic summit. pres. trump: congratulations to everody. congratulations to everybody. >> you signed a document with kim jong-un -- it is essentially a piece of paper, yesterday with everything from mike pompeo he said "many presidents previously had signed off on pieces of paper, only to find that the north koreans either didn't promise what we thought they had or went back on those promises." what makes this time different? pres. trump: you have a different administration, a
different president, a different secretary of state. you have people. we get it done. the other groups, maybe it was not a priority. dok th could'e it if it was a priority, frankly. i don't think they could have done it if it was a priority. it would have been easier back then. for me it would have been easier if this was five years ago. i'm not just blaming president obama, this goes back 25 years. i was given a tough hand. i was given the iran deal. plenty of other problems. but we have done really well and the iran deal, to be honest, i did it because nuclear is always number one to me. number one. i think iraneal, is a different country now than it was three month ago. i don't think they are looking so much to the mediterranean, so much at syria, like they were with total confidence.
i don't think they are so confident right now. i hope that at the appropriate time, after sanctions kick in -- and they are brutal, what we have put on iran -- i hope they will come back and negotiate a real deal. right now it is too soon. yes? >> mr. president, you often talk about establishing diplomatic relations, exchanging ambassadors. how long before that is happening? pres. trump: hopefully soon. we will have to get things moving. a little bit early for that. we have to get things moving. yes? hi. yourn you clarify, wording, stopping the military exercises in south korea? pres. trump: we have done exercises for a long time, working with south korea, we call them were games, -- war
games, they are tremendously expensive. south korea contributes but not 100%, which is certainly a subject we have to talk to them about also. that has to do about the military expense and trade. we are doing that. we have new de with south korea, in terms of trade, but we have to talk to many countries about treating is fairly. the wargames are very expensive, we pay for a majority of them, we fly and bombers from guam. i said where did the b ombers come from? nearby. where is that? 6.5 hours. that is a long time for these massive planes to be flying to south korea to practice and then drop bombs all over the place and then go back to guam. i know a lot about airplanes. they are very expensive. was, i think it
is very provocative, i have to tell you, jennifer, it is a very provocative situation, when i see that, you have a country right next door. under the circumstances, we are negotiating a comprehensive deal. it is inappropriate to be having wargames. number one, we save money, a lot. thatr two, it is something is appreciated. >> does north korea get something in return? pres. trump: i heard that. it, ithey really mean don't want to always go against the press, especially not today. this is too important. i noticed people were saying, the president has agreed to meet, he has given up so much. i gave up nothing. i'm here. i have not slept in 25 hours. we have been negotiating
literally aroundhe clock with them and with us and with john and mike and a whole team of very talented people. but, we haven't given up anything other than i agreed to meet, i think the meeting was every bit as good for the united states as it was north ko i just went down some of the things we got. they got a meeting. that dislikes donald trump wld say i agreed to make a big commitment. i agreed to take some time and come here and meet, that is good. it is great for us as a country and it is good for them. what did they do to justify this meeting? secured commitment for complete do nuclear is asian -- denuclearization.
they secured the release of three american hostages, they gave them to us two months ago. these people are living happily back in their homes with their families. it was rough for them. to put it mildly. secured the commitment to recover the remains of fallen heroes. theyreivg a commitment, starting immediately to recover the remains. so many people have asked me about it. i was amazed. is it possible? is it possible? at that time we had no relationship to chairman kim or anyone else in north korea. it was a very closed society. we're getting the remains back. secured all, missile and nuclear tests for how long has it been? seven months, you haven't had a missile go off or a nuclear test or a nuclear explosion.
i remember a nuclear event took place, 8.8 on the richter scale. they announced on the radio, a massive earthquake took place in asia somewhere. then they said it was in north korea and they found out it was a nuclear test. i never heard of a richter scale and the high 8's. if you look, there has been no missile launches. they have owup their missile area, that is going to take place, that is not been written into the contract. secured, of all missiles and nuclear tests, we secure the closure of their single, primary nuclear test site, all three of them are in an area that is common, around each other. we secured the closure. they secured the commitment to d destroy the missile engine
testing site. that was not in the agreement. i got that after we signed. this missile engine testing site, we know where it is because of the heat. with this incredible equipment we have, to be honest, i said, can you close it up? we maintain the ability, to apply sanctions. we're applying sanctions. i had 300 sanctions i was putting on, i thought it would beery disrespectful, 300 big ones, powerful ones. i said it would be disrespectful. when you look at all those things that we got, we got our i didn't pay $1.8 billion inash, like the hostages that came back from iran, which was disgraceful, what took place.
we have gotten a lot so when i hear someone in the media say, president trump has agreed to meet. it is not a big deal to meet. i think we should meet on a lot of different tics, not just this one. i believe a lot of great things can happen. go ahead. please. off things --sted it wasn't too long ago you said, [indiscernible] pres. trump: that is what they are doing. that is what they are doing. >> can you -- [indiscernible] complete verifiable irreversible -- [indiscernible] can you say why you didn't secure tse details in the agreement? pres. trump: there was no time. i was here for one day, we were together for many hours -- isively but the process would be surprised, mike if they
haven't started already. they blew up the testing sites. -- he knew knew prior to coming -- this was not a surprise -- we discussed it, mike discussed it, very strongly with his counterpart in north korea. they knew this -- there was no , itement -- they understood was in a big point today because, this have been taking care of more than any other thing, this is been taking care of before we got here. when we brought that up today, you see the language, it is strong. yes, ma'am? >> thank you, mr. president. could you talk about the military consequences for north korea if they do not follow through on this commitment? pres. trump: that is a tough thing to talk about because i don't want to be threatening.
i don't want to be threatening. they understood that. u have seen what was perhaps going to happen. seoul has 28 million people. we think we have big cities. new york has 8 million. andillion people in seoul it is right next to the border. it is right next to the dmz. it is right there. if this would have happened, you know i have heard, 100,000 people, you could've lost 20 million people, 30 million people. this is an honor for me to be doing this. 30 million, 49, 50 million people, seoul is right next to the border. >> fire and fury -- [indiscernible] time weump: at that needed perhaps fire and fury because we could not allowed that kind of capability from the standpoint of the united states.
certainly, japan was not going to allow it either. they are right next door. >> could you tell us about the video you showed before -- when did you show the video and what was the goal? pres. trump: we had it made up. i thought it was good. it was interesting enough to show. one in english and one in korean. we had it made up, i showed to him today, during the meeting, for the end of the meeting. i think he loved it. we didn't have a big screen like you have the luxury of, we had it on a cassette. they played it. eight of their representatives who are watching, i thought they were fascinating. that is the future. that could very well be the future. the other alternative is not a
very good alternative. it is just not good. i showed it because i really want him to do something. i don't think i had to show it because i believe he wants, i think he wants to get it done. yes. how is the staten island ferry during? ok? he wrote the best story about me. i don't know what happened, a long time ago. >> it is been a busy week for you on the international stage. you are leaving in singapore, having determined that kim jong-un is a county man. summit, let the g seven you said justin trudeau was weakened dishonest. who do you say to allies think they may be jeopardizing alliances and --? pres. trump: a very fair question. i had a very good meeting with
the g7. i left the meeting and i will be we are being taken advantage of by virtually everyone of those countries. ofted states, because management at the top, presidents that didn't ca about trade or didn't understand it or whatever reason, for many years with china being obviously the most successful at it but the european union's second. $151 billionst. we lo we are being taken advantage of on trade. have very big advantages over us in terms of trade deficits. we have a big trade deficit with canada. it could be 100. they put out the document. we found it. perhaps they were trying to show the power they have. close to $100 billion a year lost with canada.
they do not take our products, many of tm. was, but they raise it to 295% or dairy products. it is very unfair to our farmers, the people of our country, the workers, the farmers, the companies. there are tremendous terriers, when i put, tariffs, in a counter just to get us up a little bit, they said, that is so terrible. i said what is terrible? we have to have balance. i say this with many countries. really everybody was happy and i agreed to sign something. i demanded changes and they were made. merkel,ure with angela who i get along with very well, when i'm sitting there like this
-- we are waiting for the document because i wanted to see the final document as changed with the requests i requested. it was reported like it was nasty. i -- actually, we were just talking, the whole group about something, on related to everything, very friendly, waiting for the document to come back. there was very friendly. when i got onto the plane, justin probably didn't know that air force one has 20 televisions. he is giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the united states. push them around? it was very friendly, we should hands. countries cannot continue to take advantage of us on trade. the numbers are out. over the last couple years, the last many years but over the last couple of years, this country s lost $800 billion on trade with other countries, the
biggest being china. $800 billion. $151 billion with the european union, they don't take our agricultural products barely. yet they send mercedes into us, they sent bmws, by the millions. it is very on the- very unfair. i will straighten it out and it won't even be tough. thank you. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: i would like to involve congress. i have a good relationship wh justin trudeau, other than he had a news conference that he had because he assumed i was in anirplanwas watching.
they cost a lot of money for the people of canada. you can't do that. we left, we at have had a good relationship, i have a good relationship with all. i have a very good relationship with angela merkel. paying more, with a much smallerwe are paying more on a much larger -- from 60% to 90% of nato, we are protecting countries in europe and on top of it they kill us on trade. we cannot have it that way. it is unfair to the taxpayers and people. i have a good relationship with justin and a good relationship --h chairman cam right german -- chairman kim. should we keep going? the legendary sarah huckabee
sanders. should we keep going, sarah? . i don't care. it just means we get home later in the evening, right. >> [indiscernible] welcome to the country. i hope you enjoyed our food. pres. trump: beautiful country, i did. >> you describe this is a process. what is the immediate next step? is there an ongoing dialogue? pres. trump: we will begin next week to go into the details. bolton andwith john the team to go over the details and get this stuffone. we want to get it done and he wants to get it done. we're also working very much with south korea, japan, china, to a lesser extent that we are working with china. >> are you coming back to singapore? pres. trump: i will come back
gladly. your prime minister was fantastic. that was very welcoming. it probably made a difference. great place. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. president. what was it about that first interaction with chairman can this morning that made you decide to not -- chairman kim that may do not want to walk away? pres. trump: i was generous and i said five seconds but in the first second, is ok. sometimes that does not work out. sometimes it does. from the beginning we got along. there was a lot of groundwork. it wasn't like we went and started talking about -- as you know -- we didn't just come in and start talking about these complex subjects that have been going on for 70 years. we have been discussing this for months. stopped, onceric
they did a great thing -- you know, north korea did a great thing by going to the olympics. the olympics, president moon will tell you, there was not people didn't feel like being bombed out of the opening ceremony. there weren't, -- they weren't selling tickets. said,n as chairman kim let's participate, it sold like wildfire and was a great success. it was a great success. he did a great thing. since that time, pretty much since that time, as you know a delegation came from south korea, met with north korea, they came to the white house, they told me lots of things, including that they would be uke, we have one of their people here today. once that started we of been talking about that from the end
of the olympics when the home delegation came. >> a second question. in the document you signed, north korea agreed to commit to denuclearization. tomorrow phrase you used to criticize your predecessor and political opponents, how do you ensure north korea is not all talk and no action? pres. trump: can you ensure anything? can i ensure that you wi be able to sit down properly when you sit down? you cannot ensure anything, all i can say is they want to make a deal. that is what i do. my whole life has been deals, i have done great at it. that is what i do. i know when somebody wants to deal and i know when someone doesn't. it is my thing. again, this could have been done easier a long time ago. i know -- i just feel very strongly, my instincts and my ability or talent, they want to make a deal.
making a deal is a great thing for the world. it is also great for china. i cannot imagine china is happy clrh somebody having nu weapons so close. you know, china was very helpful. i think he wants to make a deal. can anybody be certain? we will be certain soon because negotiations continue. thank you very much. >> you mentioned you brought up the issue of human rights with chairman kim, i wonder what you would say to the 100,000 north --eans kept in a network have you betrayed them by legitimizing the regime and john in johnin john yang -- pyongyang? pres. trump: i think i've help
them, there is nothing i can say, all i can do is do what i can do. we have to stop nuclearization. at a certain point you will be able to ask me a much mo positive question or make a statement. not much i can do right now. at a certain point i believe he will do things about it. i think they are one of the great winners today, that large group of people you're talking about. ultimately, they will be one of the great winners. go ahead. go ahead. yeah? >> would you ever consider removing sanctions without significant improvement in the human rights situation? pres. trump: i want significant improvement. i want to know it will not be happening. once you start the process there will be a point, you won't be finished for a while because it cannot happen scientifically or mechanically but you will not be able to go back. once we reach that point, i will give that serious thought. yes, go ahead. go ahead. you first. >> [indiscernible] did you discuss the cost of denuclearization including how
north korea -- [indiscernible] crippling sanctions remain in place -- [indiscernible] pres. trump: i think south korea and japan will help them very greatly. they are prepared to help them -- they know they will have to help them. i think they can help them greatly. we will not have to help them. united states has been paying a big price in a lot of places but south korea, right next door and japan, essentially next-door, they will be helping them and i think they will be doing a very generous and terrific job. yes ma'am, go ahead. >> thank you, mr. president. pres. trump: thank you. >> i would like to follow up on steve's question, yes how long it will take to denuclearize the peninsula -- you said a long time, what does that mean? pres. trump: we will do it as fast as it can be done scientifically, mechanically. i have read horror stories -- it is a 15 year process.
i don't believe that. whoever wrote that is wrong, there will be a point at w when you are 20% through, you cannot go back. i had an uncle who w a great professor for 40 years at m.i.t. i used to discuss nuclear with him all the time. was a great expert, a great brilliant genius, dr. john trump at m.i.t. 40 years, the head of m.i.t. senta book on my uncle. we used to talk about nuclear. you are talking about a very complex subject. it is not like, oh, let's get rid of the nukes. it takes a period of time. the main period of time -- when you hit a certain poit is very hard to go back. >> how long will that take? pres. trump: it will take -- it will go ahead quickly. go ahead. >> thanks, mr. president. on the sanctions campaign you
alluded that the chinese are not doing as great a job as securing the border as they were fo. you expressed doubts when kim went to see president xi jig, theoreign minister said there should not be sanctions whilgoatns are underway. the south koreans are talking about restoring some form of trade. with all those players appearing to be moving toward eroding sanctions, how can you keep sanctions in place? what leverage do you have on these countries? pres. trump: we have a lot of leverage, tremendous leverage. i believe that china, despite my relationship with president xi, a man i have great respect for and like a lot, we are having very tough talks on trade and that probably affects china somewhat. but i have to do what i have to do. over the last two months, the border is more open than when we first started. we have to do it.
we have a tremendous deficit in trade, commonly known as a trade deficit. we have a tremendous deficit in tre th china, we he to d something about it. we cannot continue to let that happen. i think that has had an impact on my relationship in terms of the border. i don't think it has a relationship, i don't think it affects my feeling or my relationship to president xi but when we first started we were not ready to go that route. as we started preping and getting ready to do that, i think that had an impact on frankly, the border, which is a shame but i had to do it, i have no choice, for our country had to do it. south korea will do whatever is necessary to get a deal but if that means we cannot trade, i will not trade. if they think -- and they would do this with our concurrence --
if they think they can do some work because we're very far down the line -- we are very far -- that document when you read it today, that is far down the line. that is not something that just happened to be put together. this was done over months. the rhetoric was important and the sanctions were important, i don't know which one was more important. they were both important. gohead. >> new york times, i was wondering if you could give us some sense of whether chairman kim told you how many nuclear weapons he believes he has made, whether he is willing to turn those over first and whether in your mind,ed to do more than we have done in the iran deal for dismantling both the uranium and plutonium processes and whether or not you had a sense that chairman kim really understood what that involved and had a timetable in his mind
of shutting that? pres. trump: david, i can tell you he understands it so well. he understands it better than the people doing the work for him. that is an easy one. as far as what he has -- it is substantial, very substantial. the timing will quickly. i believe you will see good action. as an example, one of the things with a missile site, you are probably surprised to hear, the missile site. i really believe, david, it will go quickly. i believe it will go fast. it is a very substantial arsenal, no question about it. i used to say -- maybe it is all talk and no action. but we have pretty good intelligence into that -- probably less there than any other country. you understand that maybe better than anyone in the room. probably less than any other country but we have enough
intelligence to know that what they have is substantial. this is why i always say this should not have taken place so late into the process. would not this have been better o anwe did not hrs ago or 15 worry about noha successful meeting like today? i still love my first interview with you, david. i still have that interview. go ahead. thank you. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: thank you. withere is a second summit chairman kim jong-un, would it be in pyongyang? or washington? pres. trump: we have not set th up. ill probably need another one. we are much further along than i thought, i have told people, i did not want to build up hopes too much, i told people i
thought, this would be a successful meeting if we got along, we developed a relationship and we could have maybe gotten to this point in three or four months. it happened very quickly. a lot of that was because of the foundation put down before we met. a lot of things happened very fast. we did not have -- as an example -- bringing back the remains, that was not one of the things on our agenda. i brought that up at the very end because so many people have talked to me about it. i brought it up at the very end. he was really very gracious, instead of saying well, let's talk about it next time -- he said let's do it it makes sense. they know where many of those incredible people are, where they are buried, along roads, highways, paths. usually. our soldiers were moving back and forth. they had to move rapidly. it is very sad. he knew.
that was brought up at the very end. it is really great he was able to do it. a lot of people are going to be very happy about that. yes, go ahead, please. >> thank you, mr. president. congratulations. pres. trump: thank you for the nice way you treat us. it is really beautiful what you do. go ahead. now i will gethis kier question. >> i want to talk about the future of north korea, specifically the people. kim jong-un is wanting a brighter future with prosperity s people yet we know they have lived under oppression. you showed this video of what the future could be like. do you have an idea specifically of theod hwould like to go toward? economically, if he opens to more economic freedom --? pres. trump: it is a good question. you saw a tape today and that was done very well. that was done at the highest level of future development.
i told him, you may not want this. you may want a smaller version. you have to do something good u may want a smaller version. you may not want that with the trains and everything in super everything, the top. maybe you won't want that. it is going to be up to them, up to the people what they want. they may not want that. i can understand that too. that was a version of what could happen. they have great beaches. you see that whenever they are exploding cannons into the ocean. look at that -- wouldn't that make a great condo? instead of doing that, you can have the best hotels in the world right there. think of it from a real estate perspective. give south korea, china, they own the land in the middle. it is great. i told them, you may not want to do what is there. you may nt to do a smaller version of it and that could be
-- i tell you what -- he looked at that tape, that ipad, i am telling you, they really enjoyed it. go ahead. a couple more. three more. go ahead. go. >> [indiscernible] pres. trump: hi, brian. am i on the cover again this week? >> entirely possible. do you see kim jong-un as an equal? pres. trump: in what way? >> you showed a video th showed you on equal footing discussing the future? pres. trump: i do not view it that way. i will do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place. if i have to say i am sitting on a stage -- i understand what you're getting at -- if i'm sitting on a stage with chairman kim and that will get us to save
30 million lives, could be more than that, i am willing to sit on the stage, to travel to singapore proudly and gladly. again, other than the fact that it is taking my time, they he given up a tremendous amount. they have given it up even before, even add the olympics. you could add the olympics to the question. they took an olympics that would have been a massive failure, that maybe would not have even opened and they made a tremendous success by agreeing to participate. add that to the list of things they have done. brian, if i can save millions of lives by coming here, sitting down and establishing a relationship with someone, who is a very powerful man, firm control of the country. that country has very powerful weapons, i am happy to do it. >> are you concerned it will be
used by kim as propaganda? pres. trump: i'm not concerned at all. we can use that video for other countries. >> president clinton got a request by kim jong-il to travel to pyongyang and meet him. president clinton refused and he sent secretary of state albright. pres. trump: he did a great deal. he spent $3 billion and got nothing. they started making nuclear weapons. himou went there to meet and what do you say to those people who said you gave him the ultimate present, the legitimacy to oppresses people without ongoing process before you as a u.s. president, leader of the free world, meet and shake hands with this leader of north korea, who is perceived to be oppressing his own people?
pres. trump: i think we just answered the question. i understand it much better than you do. go ahead. thank you very much. >> politico. specific confessions that you got from canada, the destruction of the nuclear sites and i know you said that -- you said the last and was an out .n if he doesn't follow through on these things, are you prepared -- what are you prepared to do in response? trump: i really believe in. heart of the engine testing site in addition to all of the other things they agreed it to do. have a very powerful engine testing site that we weren't
able to see because of the heat. and, yet. -- and, yeah. i think you might be referring to which of the ending -- engine testing sites. honestly, i think he is going to do the tngs. i may stand here in six months and say hey, i was wrong. i don't know that i would ever admit that. but i would come up with some excuse. one or two more. go ahead. china. know, when you call chinese president xi to discuss about achievements you , what is your expectation about china in the process long-term?
my expectation about china is that china is a great country with a great leader who is a friend of mine and i really believe he is happy we made this kind of al. i will be calling him very shortly, maybe even fore i land. the united states is a great country and we have set records, economically, over $7 trillion in net worth. almost twice the size of the economy there. almostted states is twice the size of the economy of china. we are a great country on the correct path. one more. south korea? where is south a? i think yodeserve . he. you deserve one. >> i have two questions.
first, you mentioned earlier that moon jae-in you would call over the phone -- what you want to discuss with him? trump: i want to tell them about how the meeting was very successful and that he will be discussed in the negotiation. be very happy when he hears about it. i have already sent word about what happened. i sent a document to him. i will be talking to him very shortly. treaty, dong a peace you plan to sign with chairman kim only o what do you think about china? trump: i would like to have them involved. i think it would be great to have china involved.
[indiscernible] trump: they probably have a rough transcript. i think the recorded. i wish they were. it's interesting stuff. we probably have notes or something. we had a great conversation . [indiscernible] trump: i don't have to verify because i have one of the greatest memories of all-time. [indiscernible]
trump: we have had numerous discussions and very important .elationships established we have a few people in the back. when we went into this final agreement, very quickly, tremendous relationship and tremendous knowledge. i am going to head back, i don't know about you folks. i appreciate everybody being here. thank you very much and sort of congratulations to everybody because to me it is a very important event in world history . being true to myself, i have to add, my own team has to get to if youcause otherwise don't get the ball over the