tv President Trump News Conference from Singapore CSPAN June 17, 2018 11:00am-12:07pm EDT
>> will you see each other again soon? >> thank you very much. >> following his meeting with the north korean leader kim jong-il president trump held a closing press conference in singapore. he discussed details of the agreement that was signed by the leaders. saying it would result in a denuclearize peninsula and lower military costs for the united states. this is just over one hour. ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, donald trump. [applause] >> thank you very much.
we appreciate it. we are getting ready to go back. had a tremendous three months. it has been going on for quite a while. -- his representatives and what could be done. it has the potential to be an incredible place between south korea and china. tremendous potential. i think he understands that and he wants to do what is right. thes my honor to address people of the world following this historic summit. with chairman kim. of north korea. spent very enticing hours together. ottennk most of you have the document, or you will very shortly. it is comprehensive. i stand before you as an
emissary of the american people to deliver a message of hope and vision. by thanking our incredible hosts. especially prime minister lee. of profounduntry grace and beauty and we send our warmest wishes to every citizen of singapore. >> i also want to thank president moon of south korea. he is working hard. i will be speaking with him here a, justister of left. japants what is right for and for the world.
he really has, he is a terrific person. really, a great leader of his people. i want to thank him further efforts to help us get through this very historic day. most important, i want to thank chairman kim for taking the first bold step for his people. meeting. the first between an american president and a leader of north korea. in -- isge is possible. -- was directh's and productive. we get to know each other well. a very strong circumstance.
we are prepared to start a new history. chapter between our nations. nearly 70 years ago, 70 years extremely bloody conflict ravaged the korean peninsula. , includingeople died tens of thousands of brave americans. yet, while the armistice was in grade to come of them -- the war never ended. now, we can all have hope that it will soon and. it will. definet does not have to the future. yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's war. proven,ry has adversaries can become friends. we can honor the sacrifices of our forefathers with the blessings of peace. that is what we are doing.
there is no limit to what north korea can achieve. when it gives up its nuclear weapons. engagement with the rest of the world. it wants to engage. an opportunitys like no other. leaderemembered as the who ushered in a glorious new era of security and prosperity for his people. chairman kim and i just signed a statement in which he reaffirms his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. vigorousgree to negotiations to implement the agreement as soon as possible. and he wants to do that. this is not the past.
chairman kim has told me that north korea has already destroyed a missile engine that is not in the signed document. we agree to that after it was signed. -- the muscles that they were testing some of the site is going to be destroyed. is the beginning of an arduous process. our armsre wide open. a piece -- piece is always worth the effort. especially, in this case. they should have been resolved long time ago. resolving it now. chairman kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people. anyone can make war. only the most courageous can make peace. affairsent state of cannot endure forever. people of korea --
talented, industrious, gifted. these are gifted people. they share the same -- the same heritage, language, culture and destiny. to realize their amazing destiny, to reunite the national family, nuclear weapons will not be removed. in the meantime, the sanctions will remain in effect. a future where all koreans can live together in harmony. eunited.milies are in light of these, this bright future, this is what is happening. it is right there. it is 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 great day.
chairman kim, is on his way back to north korea. i know that as soon as he arrivehe wil start a proce that is going to make a lot of people very happy and very safe. it is an honor to be with everybody today. it makes me feel very uncomfortable. is what it is. people understand that this is something very important to all of us. including yourselves and your families. thank you for being here. a lot of questions. >> the menu met today, as you know, has killed family members, starved people responsible for the death -- why are you so comfortable calling him very talented? >> anybody that takes over a
situation for like he did at 26 and is able to run about it, very few people at that age, you can take one out of 10000 and do it. he is a very special person. he will be for a long time. i think without -- this will not have happened. something happened from that day. it was a terrible thing, brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on. including north korea. i really think that -- is someone who did not -- i told this to his parents. a special young man. special pares. special people. -- did not die in vain.
he had a lot to do with it. security assurances you talked about. can you be specific about what entrances you are willing to give? does that include reducing military capility? >> we are not reducing. at some point, i have to be honest. you know probably better than most. i want to get our soldiers out. i want to bring our soldiers home. 32,000 soldiers in south korea. i would like to be able to bring them back home. that is not part of the equation right now. at some point, i hope it will be. not right now. we will be stopping the wargames , which will save us a tremendous amount of money. we are seeing that the future negotiation is not going along like it should. we will be saving a tremendous amount of money.
to verify? either with the united states are with international organizations. will you verify? it is going to be achieved by having a lot of people there. senator pompeo has been doing a fantastic b. we will have a lot of people there. we will be working with them on a lot of other things. this is a real denuclearization of north korea. americans you will be >> a combination of both. we have talked about it. i will be respectful. what did kim jong-un say to you to give you the confidence that they are not cheating the system the people who will
have to go in and make sure that they are actually giving up their nuclear arsenal. he mentioned the fact that they proceeded down a path in the past and ultimately nothing got done. dollarsk billions of and nothing happened. it was a terrible thing. he brought it up to me. he said we have never gotten this far. i don't think they have ever had the confidence that they have right now to tting things done and having the ability to get things done. he was very firm of the fact i think yous to -- might want to do this as much or even more than me. they see a bright future for north korea. you never know. we never know. very -- signed a
very cumbrian's of document today. i believe he is going to live up to that document. i think that he willtart t process right away. i can only say that i've known him for really well. he has been really resourceful. without the rhetoric, it would not have happened. without other things going along, i think that the establishment of the new team was very important. a great team. i think he wants to get it done. i feel the very strongly. the hair is very similar. the angelic glow in the back. denuclearization, nuclear weapons and biological weapons, is one problem.
horriblerlem ishe record that they have on human rights. was that discussed at all, is that something you will tackle? >> it was discussed. it will be discussed more in the future. what was also discussed in great we haveas the fact that countless calls and letters, anything you can do, they want the remains of their sons back. their fathers and mothers. all of the people that got caught and that war. which took place in north korea. today, and we got it. that was the very last minute. the remains will be coming back. so many people, even during the campaign, there is anyway you can work with north korea to get
the remains of my son back, or my father back. so may people asked me was question. i said we don't get along too well with that group of people. now, we do. he agreed to that so quickly and so nicely. which was a very nice thing. he understands that. thousands,usands and over 6000 that we know of in terms of the remains, to be brought back, the p.o.w., mia issue has been an important one. especially to a lot of people. what do you expect kim jong-un to do about the human rights record regarding the north korean people? it was discussed. discussed briefly compared to the denuclearization. that is where we started and where we ended. they will be doing things. i think he wants to do things.
i think he wants to -- you'd be very surprised. for a smart, good negotiator heard he wants to do the right thing. he brought up the fact that in dialogue, buttook they were never liked with we are. they went down the line. the lanes of dollars were given. the following day, the nuclear program -- this is a much different time. th is a different person. it is very important to me. this is perhaps one of the reasons -- whoever those people are. i can't see without the lights -- with all the lights. thank you, mr. president. of the peaceissue treaty and --
will you travel to pyongyang anytime soon? will that will be a day that i very much look forward to. at the appropriate time. i will also be inviting chairman kim at the appropriate time to the white house. i think it is going to be something that will be very important. he has accepted. i said at the appropriate time. we want to go further down the road. a lote signed today was of things improving. you have things that weren't improving that we got after the deal was signed. we did not put it in the agreement because we did not have time. if you could have those agreements passed out, we just finished them just a little while ago. if you could have the agreements , you will see what we are talking about. modulations.
--t part did congratulations. what part did japan play? when will you be doing an interview with the japanese come the american troops in japan? >> is true. prime minister of a -- the whole denuclearization check it -- denuclearization subject is important. we brought it up there -- very strongly. he spends betterments met of time in north korea. he has a close to his heart. things will be happening.
>> you spoke powerfully on the issue in your state of it the union address. the response with the crutches. who escaped. hassaid that north korea more brutally oppressed its people than any other regime on earth. do you still believe that is the case having sat down with kim jong-un? >> i believe it is a rough situation. no question about it. we did discuss it today. knowing what the main purpose of what we were doing. is. the nuking. discuss it in pretty good, we will be doing something on this. it is rough. we will continue that. i think ultimately, we will agree of something.
it was discussed at length. outside of the nuclear situation. do you think that can change bring on his glorious new era? >> it will change. it probably has to. i think it would. what timetable do you vision for the denuclearization? scientifically, i have been watching and reading a lot about this. it does not take a long time to pull off complete denuclearization. it takes a long time. scientifically. you have to wait a certain periods of time. lots of things happen. despite that, when to start the process, it means it is pretty much over. we will do it as fast as it can
meant -- mechanically and physically be done. >> and the sanctions. >> the sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor. they will come off at that point. i hope it will be soon. the sanctions now remain. at a certain point, i look forward to taking them off. they will come off when we know that it is not going to happen. >> congratulations. >> congratulations to everybody. >> you signed a document with kim jong-un. it is essentially a piece of paper. we had a brief thing from the secretary of state, mike pompeo. many presidents previously had signed off on pieces of paper to find that the north korean
either did not promise what we thought they had or -- what makes this different? you have a different administration. a different president. a different secretary of state. -- is very are important to them. maybe it was not priority for the other groups. i don't think they could have done it if it was a priority. it would have been easier back and. for me, it would have been easier 10 years ago. five years ago. i am not just blaming president obama. this goes back 25 years. i was given the orion deal. and plenty of other problems. well nuclearreally is always number one.
i think iran is different country. i don't think they're looking so much at syria. i think -- i don't think they are so confident right now. aftereing said, i hope these sanctions kick in, later on, brutal. we have put on -- i hope it does not come back and negotiate a real deal. you often talk about establishing diplomatic ambassadors?anging >> good question. hopefully soon. we have to get things moving. >> can you clarify stopping working?
stopping the military exercises. >> we have done exercises for a long time working with south korea. we call them wargames. expensive.emendously the amount of money that we spend on that is incredible. contributes not 100%. which is a sublet -- a subject we have to talk about. we actually have a new deal with south korea in terms of the trade deal. we have to talk to many countries about treating us fairly. the wargames a very expensive. we pay for a majority of them. we fly in bombers from quan. nearby, where is nearby? 6.5 hours. that is a long time for these big massive planes to be flying
to south korea to practice and then drop bombs all over the place and then go back to but guam. i know a lot about airplanes. very expensive. is -- and i think it is very provocative. it is a very provocative situation. that, under the verymstances, a copperheads of come of the deal. i think it is inappropriate to be having wargames. it is something that i think is very much appreciated. >> did north korea give something in return? ,> some of the people that maybe they really mean it. i just don't. especially not today. this is too important. i noticed some of the people hasng that the president
agreed to meet. he has given up so much. in 25 hours.ept around-the-clock was ending with us. , a whole team. we have not given up anything other than i agreed to meet. i think the meeting was good for the united states as it was for north korea. i just wrote down some of the things we cannot. , got a meeting. only person who dislikes donald trump would say that i have agreed to make a big commitment. i have agreed to take time and come here and meet. that is good. i think it is great for us. i think it is good for them.
to justify this meeting? secured commitment for complete denuclearization. they have secure the release of three american hostages. they already gave them to us two months ago. these people are living happily back in their homes, but their families. it was pretty rough for them. secure commitment to recover the remains. of fallen heroes. and a commitment to recover the remains. i just went through -- knowing so many people would ask me is it possible. relationship through chairman kim or anybody else in the country. it was a very closed society. we are getting the remains back.
security of all missile and nuclear tests. been, seven has it months. you have not had a missile go off. for seven months you not had a nuclear test. a nuclear explosion. i remember a nuclear event took place. 8.48 on the new -- richter scale. massive earthquake took place somewhere in asia. was int they said it north korea. then they found out it was a nuclear test. if you look, there has been no missile launches. they have blown up there missile area, that is going to take place. intohas not been written the contract. we will give you the exact details. they sukkot -- secured the closure of the single primary nuclear test site, all three of
them. in an area that is common. they have secured the closure. they secure the commitment to missile engine testing site. that would not have been in the agreement. you get this mitchell engine -- missile engine testing site. the heat, the incredible carbon we have. to -- we maintain the ability to -- apply sanctions. 300 sanctions that i was getting ready to put on last week. i said i can't put on sanctions when i am meeting. i thought it would be disrespect for. very big ones, powerful ones. i said it would be disrespectful. when you look at all of those hostages back.
i would pay 1.8 -- i did not pay 1.8 billion in cash. which was a disgraceful situation. say thatar someone president trump has agreed to meet, it is not a big deal to me. i really believe a lot of great things can happen. >> it was not too long ago that the successfulness meeting will be north korea giving up nuclear weapons. kimyou talk about how , for complete verifiable, irreversible -- can you say why you did not secure those details in the
agreement? >> the time. i'm here one day. -- blew up the site. they blew up the testing sites. knew come of this was not like a surprise. this is not like we had never discussed it. we discussed it. we discussed it very strongly with his counterpart. they knew this was, let's say they did not agree. there is no agreement that could have been side. it wasn't a big point today. this has been taken care of more than any other thing. this has been taken care of. we brought that up today. you see the language, it is very strong. thank you.
could you talk about >> the military consequences, or north korea's if they don't follow through on the commitment. >> it is a tough thing to talk about. i don't want to be threatening. they understood that. you have seen what was going to happen. soul has 28 million people. we think we have big cities. -- it is right next to the dmv. it is right there. if this would have happened, i have heard 100,000 people. i think you could -- 20 million people. 30 million people. this is an honor for me to be doing this. lost 50you could have million people. the city of salt. one of the biggest cities in the world is right next to the border.
at that time, we needed fire and fury. we could not have allowed that kind of capability from the standpoint of the united states. japan could not allow it either. yeah. today. did we -- we had made up, i showed it to him today. during the meeting. toward the end of the meeting. i think he loved it. screen.ot have a big we did not need it. they played it.
about eight of the representatives were watching it. i shed it to you because that is the future. could very well be the future. i really wanted to do something. i really believed he wants to, i think he wants to get it done. -- >> i don't know what happened. it is a long time ago. has been a busy week for you in the national stage. having sterman that kim jong-un is a talented man. that permanented searcher to is weak. and dishonest. what do you say to america as to
worries that he might be a jeopardizing our long-term alliances. and that you might be treating our historic friends and emanates. >> i think it is a very direct question. i left the meeting. we are being taken advantage of. for many years, with china being the more successful at it. the european union is second. -- canada does have very big advantages over us in terms of trade deficits. --
it could actually be hundreds. they want me to see it. we found it. perhaps, they were trying to show the power they have. close to $100 billion a year loss with canada. they don't take our foreign products. some of the told me that a few months ago, they raised it to 295%. -- unfair to our farmers. the workers, farmers, companies. --
-- everybody was happy. -- sitting there like this. becausefor the document i wanted to see the final document as changed by the changes that i requested. i know it did not look friendly. actually, we were just talking to the whole group about something. unrelated to everything. very friendly. waiting for the document to come back so i could read it. when i got onto the plane, i knew that justin probably did not know that air force one has about 20 televisions. conference a news about how he will not be pushed around by the united states. we just shook hands. it was very friendly. countries cannot continue to take it vantage of us on trade.
years,e last couple of and over the last many years, and over the last couple of lost, this country has $800 billion on trade with other countries. the biggest one is china. $800 billion. 150 billion with a european union. they don't take a lot of what we have yet they send were cities into us. bmws. by the millions. it is very unfair. it is unfair to our workers. i will straighten it out. it won't be tough.
>> i would like to involve congress. i have a good relationship with justin trudeau. other than the added news conference that he added because he seemed i was in an airplane and not watching. it could cost a lot of money for the people of canada. you can't dohat. you can't do that. we left. we had a very good relationship. i have had a good relationship with him. i have a very good relationship with angela merkel. she is paying 1%. a much smaller gdp than we have. with a 1.2% on a much larger. we are paying for her. from 60 to 90% of nato, we are protecting countries of europe. on top of that, -- we just can't have it that way. i have a good relationship with justin. i have a good relationship with chairman kim right now. i really do.
i hope it is good. if it is we will solve the very big problem. we have a long way to solve it today. should we keep going? sarah huckabee sanders. should we keep going, sarah? just means we get home a little later in the evening. >> i hope you enjoyed it. have one -- you describe the process. what is the next step? is there ongoing dialogue? >> yes. next week, with john bolton. our entire team to go over the details and get the stuff done.
we are working with south korea, to a less extent. i would come back, gladly. your prime minister was fantastic. we were with him yesterday. he was very welcoming. it probably made a difference. a great place. >> thank you. what was it about the first interaction with chairman kim that made you decide not to walk away after you said that you would know within the first minute. >> i have said that about relationships, about people. i was generous, i said five seconds. in the first second, in some cases. sometimes. -- sometimes it doesn't work out, but sometimes it does.
we did not just come in and start talking about these very complex subjects that been going on for 70 years. we have been discussing this for months. stops,e the rhetoric once they did a great thing. nortkorea did a great thing by going to the topics. moonlympics, and president will tell you, the hell up x was not doing great. people did not feel like being bob out of the opening ceremony. as chairman kim said let's participate, it sold like wildfire. it was a great success. he did a great thing. the delegation came from cap reappeared we just met in north korea. -- they told me lots of things
that they would be willing to deena. we have one of those great -- willing to de-new. -- d nuclear rise. denuclearize. -- if i may, as i can question. -- a second question. to borrow a phrase that you how do you ensure that north korea is not all talk no action? >> can i enjoy anything? they want to make a deal. my whole life has been deals. i know when someone wants a deal. it is my thing.
again, this could have been done. a long time ago. , i just feel very strongly, my instinct, my ability to tell. they want to make a deal. it is a great thing for the world. i can't imagine that china has -- with somebody having nuclear weapons some -- so close. china was very helpful. i think he wants to make a deal. can anybody be certain? we are going to be sure soon. negotiations continue. thank you. you mentioned that -- i wonder what you would say to the group of people who -- the 100,000 north korean prison a network of gulag's. have you betrayed them by legitimizing the regime?
>> no. i think i helped them. things will change. there's nothing i can say. all i can do is see what i can do. --p the denuclearization start the denuclearization. not much i can do right now. at this point. i think he is going to do things. i think they are one of the great winners today. the large group of people that you are talking about. did you ever consider removing sanctions without significant improvement? not significant improvement. i want to know that it will be happening. once you start the process, --re will be a point
go ahead. >> was it -- >> i think south kea and japan will help them very greatly. i think they are prepared to help them. they know they would have to help them. is paying atates big price. a lot of different places. south korea, which obviously is next door. i think they will be doing a generous job. thank you. i would like to follow up on the question. how long it would take to denuclearize. you said a long time. what does that mean?
>> i think we will do it as fast as can be done scientifically. as fast as it can be done mechanically. it is a 15 year process. i think whoever wrote that is wrong. there will be a point at which 20%, you can go back. -- can't go back. he was a great professor for 40 years at m.i.t.. i used to discuss nuclear with him all the time. he was a great expert. a great, brilliant genius. the head of m.i.t. sent me a book. nuclear,o talk about very complex subject. it is not just let's get rid of the nukes. it takes a. of time. period of time.
when you hit a certain point you can come back. >> how long will that take? bewe don't know, but it will pretty quickly. >> i want to ask about the sanction campaign. chinese are not doing as great a job securing the border as they were before. at whenessed some doubt kim would see president chi. there should not be any sanctions while the -- negotiations are underway. and restoring some form of trade. with all those sectors appearing sanctions,g toward how can you keep the sanctions in place? what line -- what leverage do you have? >> we have tremendous leverage. despite my relationship with president chi, who i have very much respect for.
we are having good talks on trade. this probably affects the chinese. i have to do what i have to do. the the last two months border is more open than it was when i first started. it is what it is. deficit inremendous trade. commonly known using trade deficit. we have a tremendous deficit in trade. we have to do something about it. we can continue to let that happen. i think that -- in terms of the border. i don't think as to the relationship. i don't think it affects my feeling on the relationship to president chil . when we first started we were not ready to go that route. as we get ready to do it, i border. the which is a shame.
but i had to do it. but i had no choice. south korea will do whatever is necessary. we can't trade. we can't trade. they will definitely not trade. do this with our concurrence, we think that they can do some work because we are very farn the line. we are actually very far -- that document, that is far down the line. that is not something that just happened to be put together. this was done over months. important andas the sanctions were important. i don't know which one was more important. >> i was wondering if you could give us some sense of what chairman kim -- how many nuclear was saved.believed was he willing to turn is over first? and then weather in your mind you need to do more, or this was
done in the a run field. the uranium and plutonium properties. and whether or not you had a sense that chairman kim really understood what that involved and had a timetable in his own mind of having that. >> he understands. understands it so welcome he understands it better than the people. -- better than the people who are doing the work for him. as far as what he has, it is substantial. very substantial. the timing will go quickly. i believe we will see good action. as an example, one of the things , those throwing in the missiles. i really believe it will go very quickly. i believe it will go fast. it is very substantial. there is no question of that. maybe it is all talk and no action.
we have pretty good intelligence into that. probably less there than any other country. you understand that probably better than anyone in the room. probably less there than anywhere in the country -- any other country. this should have taken place. five years ago or 20 years ago or 50 years ago. and we didn't have to worry about not having a successful meeting like today. -- >> thank you. [inaudible] if there is a second summit will it be in pyongyang? >> there will probably be
another summit, or meeting. along.much further i have told people, i did not want to bring people's hopes too much. i told people this will be a success. if we got along and developed the relationship, and we could not have gotten to this point 34 months from now. it -- three or four months from now. it happened very quickly. a lot of it was foundation that was put down before we met. -- bringing back the remains, that was not one of the things that was on our agenda. end, because some of the people talked to me about it. i brought it up at the end. he was very gracious. he said we will do it. they know where many of those incredible people are.
where they are buried along roads. along highways. along paths. because our soldiers were moving back and forth. very sad. that was brought up at the very end. was able to that he do it. a lot of people will be very happy about that. >> congratulations. >> thank you. his beautiful what you do. and now i will probably get a killer question. >> i want to talk about the future of north korea. the people, kim jong-un is saying he is moving for a brighter future. him the video of what the future could be like. model have an idea of the
that he would like to go toward? economically. busy open to more economic freedom? >> good question. that was done at the highest level of future development. i told him you may not want this. you may want to do a much lower ratio. but you may want to do a smaller ratio. maybe, -- it will be up to them. it will be up to the people, what they want. they may not want that. that was a version of what could happen. what could take place. they have great beaches. i said look at the beach. you could have the best hotels in the world right now.
you have south korea and china. how bad is that? it is great. i told them you may not want to do -- you may want to do a smaller version. they really enjoyed it. -- >> do you now see kim jong-un as an equal? >> in what way? >> you just showed a video that showed you on equal footing. >> i don't view it that way.
whatever it takes to make the world a safer place. i am sitting on the stage. i understand what you're getting at. i have things to do on stage with chairman kim. that is going to get off to -- i willing to sit on the stage. i'm willing to travel to singapore. very proudly, very glad they. -- very gladly. it is taking my time. given up a tremendous amount. they have given it up even before. and even after. olympics that was going to be a massive failure. they made it a tremendous success. by agreeing to participate. i can save millions of lives by coming here.
and establishing a relationship with someone. he is a powerful man. control of a country. the country has powerful nuclear weapons. it is my honor to do it. >> are you concerned that the video is propaganda? >> no. i'm not concerned at all. request from kim jong-il to travel to the united states and refused. great deal. he spent $3 billion and got nothing. and right the request away went to meet him. do you understand those people who said you give him a legitimacy?
and without an ongoing process, before you, meat and shake hands with this leader of north korea. who is oppressing his own people. >> you do. >> you mentioned a couple specific concessions you got from kim jong-un, the return of remains and the destruction of the nuclear sites. pres. trump: and much more. >> i know you said the last thing was an add-on. if he does not follow through on these things, what are you prepared to do in response and will you lose faith in this process? pres. trump: i believe he will do it, otherwise i would not be doing this.
it was the engine testing site in addition to the other things they have agreed to do, they have a very powerful engine testing site. we are able to see it because of the heat that it emits. i am happy. i'm very happy with those two points you mentioned. you might be referring to the engine testing site. i think he is going to do these things. i maybe be wrong. i may stand before you in six months and say it i was wrong. i do not know if i will ever admit that, but i will find an excuse. >> i would like to know, would you call chinese president xi to discuss achievements you made today with chairman kim and what is your expectation about china's role to establish the long-term peace mechanism?
pres. trump: my expectation about china is that china is a great country with a great leader and i believe he is happy we have made this kind of progress. i will be calling them shortly, maybe even before i land. the united states is a great country. we have set records economically of over $7 trillion in net worth in addition to what we have. we are almost twice the size -- nobody talks about this, you hear a lot about china -- but the united states is almost twice the size of the economy of china. we have a great country and we are on the correct path. one more. that will be it.
where is south korea? you deserve one. >> two questions. you mentioned earlier that you will talk to the south korean president over the phone? what do you plan to discuss with him. pres. trump: i just want to tell them about the meeting. very successful. he is a fine gentleman and a friend of mine. i look forward to speaking with him. he will be happy when he hears -- i've have already sent word about what happened. i sent the document to him. i will be talking to them shortly. >> and finally, in signing the peace treaty, do you plan to work this out with north korea chairman kim only or what you think about the involvement with south korea and china as signatories. pres. trump: i would like to have them involved. i think it would be great to
have china involved in south korea. >> thank you. pres. trump: mike, today have a transcript? they probably have a rough transcript. they did not record it. i wish there were. we probably have some notes or something. we had a great conversat it was a heartfelt conversation. i do not have to verify because i have one of the great memories of all time, so i do not have to. i do not want to discuss it -- we have had numerous
discussions. we have had important relationships established at mike's level and other lels. a couple of people are here from north korea. when we went into this final agreement, we did not go in cold. we went in with tremendous relationship and tremendous knowledge and i think that is why we got it done. i will head back. it has been a long time since i have taken it easy. now we can take it a little bit easy and the work begins. i appreciate everyone being here and hope we have answered your questions. congratulations everyone being here. to me it is an important event in world history and to be true
to myself i have to add that i want to get it completed. mike and our team have to get to work to get it completed. otherwise we have done a good job but you do not get the ball over the goal line, it does not mean enough. thank you and congratulations to everyone in the room. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
>> on tuesday, there was reaction to the president's announcement at the end of the summit in singapore by the republican and democratic leaders in the senate. we will hear first from the majority leader mitch mcconnell of kentucky, followed by minority leader chuck schumer of new york. this is about 35 minutes. >> good afternoon, everyone. i know there are a lot of things going on in the other part of the world like here in the senate, we are trying to finish up the national defense authorization t. this week, i have invited