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>> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- jake tapper, from "unbreakable kimmy schmidt," actress jane krakowski, music from devin dawson, featuring the 8g band with brian frasier-moore. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: that is great to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. president trump et tnoight in singapore after we taped our show.
so if you're watching this on tv right now, either it went well, or you have a tv in your fallout shelter. [ laughter ] you know what? [ applause ] if you do -- if you do and you're choosing to watch us, thank you. according to reports, north korean leader kim jong-un brought his own toilet to singapore for his summit with president trump to prevent intelligence agencies from using the sewer to get information on his health. [ laughter ] >> seth: said intelligence agencies, we're just going to go ahead and guess bad then? [ light laughter ] [ applause ] >> seth: nba hall of famer dennis rodman arrived in singapore today ahead of president trump's summit with north korean leader kim jong-un. he would have gotten there sooner, but you know, metal detectors. [ light laughter ] that's right, dennis rodman
arrived in singapore today for the summit with kim jong-un. so at least if kim launches a nuclear missile, rodman will be there to grab the rebound. [ light laer that's right. dennis rodman will be there. the dennis rodmall be there. [ laughter ] atnot different one. [ light laughter ] dennis rodman from the state department? no. [ laughter ] the one you're thinking about. dennis rodman will be there for president trump's summit with kim jong-un. see all the action unfold on this week's "the apprentice: doomsday." [ light laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] "you're fired, and that's not even close to the worst thing that's going to happen to you." [ light laughter ] the prime minister of singapore surprised president trump today with a birthday cake during their luncheon. unfortunately, that's also what trump ordered. [ laughter ] see, he got there, and they said what could we get you, and he was like, a cake.
he had no idea another cake was coming. so then, how [ bleep ] awkward is that? [ laughter ] two cakes. [ applause ] i don't have the lung capacity to blow out candles on two cakes. [ light laughter ] the broadway show, "harry potter and the cursed child" won best play at last night's tony awards while the worst play was still that one by j.r. smith. [ cheers and applause ] a scientist in new york recently created a hybrid embryo that combines the genes of humans and chickens, and i think we actually have a photo of the human chicken. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] geez -- science. a teacher in philadelphia this week was fired for taking bribes from students in exchange for better grades. and this is nice, her students showed up to prote.
[ laughter ] [ applause ] nordstrom is launching a new home and wellness collection that features a marijuana scented candle. you can use it to cover up the smell when you get stoned on vanilla. [ laughter ] and finally, facebook has announced a new page called memories that will show users photos from the past. it's better than the original title for the page, "when you were thinner." [ laughter and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] he is the chief washington rrescondent for cnn, and his latest book, "the hellfire club" is a "new york times" best seller. jake tapper everybody. [ cheers and applause ] our friend jake tapper is back. from the fantastic netflix show "unbreakable kimmy schmidt," our friend jane krakowski is back on "late night" tonight. [ cheers and applause ] and we have music from a talented singer songwriter. devin dawson is joining us. [ cheers and applause ] so you're here on a good night.
before we get to all that, as president trump arrived in singapore for himmit wh kim jong-un, he was throwing a tantrum over a summit he had just left with leaders of the g7. for more on this it's time for "a closer look." [ cheers ae ] ♪ >> seth: when trump took office he promised to confront america's enemies, and now he's doing just that, pushing back against one of our fiercest foes, an aggressive hostile nation that has been a thorn in the side of the united states for decades, canada. [ light laughter ] >> president trump lashes out at our ally and neighbor canada. he says the u.s. is pulling back its endorsement of the g7 joint statement in part because of remarks made by the canadian prime minister. >> seth: how do you get in a fight with canada? [ laughter ] at . "he licked me without asking, and then wanted to shake my hand like nothing hne [ light laughter ] canada is a peaceful nation run by a guy named justin. [ light laughter ]
canada is like if a cardigan was a country. [ laughter ] now we already expected going into this summit that things were going to be tense, because trump has repeatedly fought with our closest allies on everything from trade policy, to climate ge, to the iran deal, but trump is also desperate to be loved and accepted, which is why he continues to insist ding the summit that his relationships with allies has never been better. >> i would say that the level of relationship is a ten. we have a great relationship. angela, and emmanuel, and justin. i would say the relationship is a ten. >> seth: a ten. [ light laughter ] he even refers to our allies like he's judging contestants at a miss usa pageant. [ laughter ] "canada, total ten, strong military, gorgeous economy, looks great in a swim suit." [ laughter ] and it's been clear for a while that trump is much more comfortable with autocrats, and dictators than he is with the democratically elected leaders of friendly nations. and yet, when he was asked about that contrast by a reporter he bristled at the question.
>> as you are heading in to these g7 talks, there was a sense that america's closest allies we frustrated with you, and angry with you, and that you were angry with them. and that you a leaving here early to go meet for more friendlier talks with kim jong-un in singapore. and i'm wondering if you -- f yoell put, okay -- view it the same way, and do you view the u.s. alliance systems shifting under your presidency awayrom -- >> who are you with, out of curiosity? >> cnn. >> i figured. fake news, cnn. the worst, but you know i could tell by the question -- i had no idea you were cnn. after the question, i was just curious as to who you were with. you were with cnn. the relationship that i've had is great. so you can tell that to your fake friends at cnn. ence os ]aughter ] >> seth: he sounds like a high hool shomore who's best friend started hanging out with the cool kids. "well, i just got promoted to treasurer of the chess club. so tell that to your fake friends!" [ laughter ] [ applause ]
also, there's only one person at cnn who i think might be fake, and that's wolf blitzer. look at him. [ laughter ] beard, glasses, his name is wolf. that's obviously anderson cooper in a disguise. [ laughter ] now trump's main disagreement with our allies is over trade. he's repeatedly lied or exaggerated our trade relationships with europe and canada. but he insists that he's still friendly with those nations, because according to him, they know that he's right. >> the european union is brutal to the united states. they don't -- and they understand that. they know it. when i'm telling them, they're smiling at me. you know, it's like the gig is up. a lot of these countries actually smile at me when i'm talking. and the smile is -- we couldn't believe we got away with it. that's the smile. [ light laughter ] >> seth: no. that's not why they're smiling. [ laughter ] [ applause ] world leaders -- world leaders smile at trump the same way you smile at your kid when they show you a picture they drew, it's like wow. [ laughter ]
thank you, buddy. that drawing is a ten. that's a ten. [ cheers and applause ] for anyone looking for a master strategy in all of this, there isn't one. trump's petulant. he's impulsive. heants to get his way, and at the same time be adored. last month trump announced new tariffs on canadian steel and aluminum. and after trump left the g7 for his meeting with kim jong-un, canadian prime minister justing trudeau was asked about those tariffs, and said that canada would respond with its own tariffs. >> it would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaatory measures on july 1st, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the americans have unjustly applied to us. i have made it very clear to the ident that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we
we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: wow. that, just so you know, in canada, that counts as diss track. [ light laughter ] "you mess with canada, and we will regrettably inform you that we do not care for that sort ofa or. please, and also thank you." [ laughter and applause ] trump was clearly humiliated by the fact that a foreign leader stood up to him, but here's the thing. canadians can be forgiven for not knowing exactly where trump stands on trade, since he has often been inconsistent about his own position. sometimes even in the same sentence, like when he said this to cnbc in january. >> i'm a free trader, totally. i'm a fair trader. i'm all kinds of trader. [ laughter ] [ ause ] >>h:n fr trade, fair trade, i believe in trade winds, i believe in rough trade, i believe in trader joe's, jack of all trades. [ laughter ] "trading places," "tracing spaces," "property brothers." [ laughter ] once again, donald trump is the
bad boy in every teen drama. who are you? "baby, i'm whoever you want me to be." [ light laughter ] so the trump administration has now said harsher things about canada than they've ever said about russia, which acly did attack our political system. in fact, compare trump's comments about canada to what he said just last week about russia. russia was kicked out of what used to be called the g8 for illegally invading ukraine and annexing crimea. since then, russia has only escalated its hostility towards neighboring nations in the west, and yet trump said he wants to let them back into the g8. >> it used to be the g8 because russia was in it, and now russia's not in it. russia should be in th meeting. why are we having a meeting without russia being in the meeting? and i would recommend -- it's up to them, but russia should be in the meeting. it should be a part of it. and in the g7, which used to be the g8, they threw russia out. they should let russia come back in, because we should have ru
th 's the sound of him thinking. [ cheers and applause ] also, he's so proud he remembers it ud to be called the g8. "it's the g7 now, but back when russia was in it, it was the g8. [ light laughter ] you know, and then if we left, it would be the g6, and if russia came back, and brought a friend, you know, then it would go up to 9. if you don't get it right away, it took me months. don't be hard on yourself." [ light laughter ] in fact, over the weekend trump was asked about his proposal to let russia rejoin the g8, and trump tried to gloss over the reason russia was kicked out. again, they were kicked out for invading a country. >> some people like the idea of bringing russia back in. this used to be the g8, not the g7. and something happened a while ago where russia is no longer [ light laughter ] >> seth: something happened? they invaded another country. this is like that seinfeld
episode. he yada, yada, yada, the invasion of crimea. [ light laughter ] trump is much more comfortable with authoritarian leaders, because unlike our democratic can easily win trump over by s lining his pockets. for example, days before trump lashed out at canada, he promised out of nowhere to help china save a state owned cell phone company that had been sanctioned by congress. trump's move came after the chinese government had agreed to grant $500 million in loans to an indonesian resort project that would directly enrich trump, and on top of that, china has also approved 13 new ivanka trump trademarks in three monthslowinger brand to market a lifetime's worth of products in china from baby blankets to coffins. [ audience ohs ] now it might seem weird that ivanka trump sells coffins, but to be fair like half the people in the trump administration sleep in them. [ laughter ] [ applause ] trump -- trump cozies up to authotarian leaders because he admires them, and because they can bribe him. in fact, in the run up to his summit meeting with kim, trump
was apparently so comfortable he told reporters he didn't really need to prepare. >> i think i'm very well prepared. i don't think i have to prepare very much. it's about attitude. it's about willingness to get things done. but i think i've been preparing this summit for a long time. >> seth: sure, sure, but there's also ahance his lack of preparation could lead to this? "what, you're kim, but that's a girl's name. oh man. i have to talk to you. is that your normal haircut? you're very fat." [ explosion ] [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with jake tapper, everybody! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> for more of seth's closer looks, be sure to subscribe to ♪ sweat.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] very excited this week. our drummer is a highly sought-after touring and session musician, who is currently out with justin timberlake on his "man of the woods" tour. for more information, go to bfmworld.com. brian frasier-moore is here. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. thank you. >> seth: also, you guys, a very exciting thing happened to our bassist syd last week. his -- the beloved washington capitals won their first stanley
cup. give it up for syd, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] >> very excited. >> seth: was it -- were your emotions everything you thought they would be? >> yes. i was crying like a baby. >> seth: did you cry right away, or did it take y a lite bit of time to cry? >> it took me a little bit of it was still coming in waves. [ light laughter ] >> seth: gotcha. were your young children awake to watch this? >> uh -- no. >> seth: okay. >> like -- >> seth: then in the following morning, were they excited? >> yes, very excited. >> seth: did you tell them that you cried? >> i told them that i cried. >> seth: gotcha. >> and they said they didn't believe me. >> seth: okay. well, look, i'm really happy for you. >> thank you. >> seth: and -- i'm glad you cried, because that proves you have a heart. [ light laughter ] >> i do, thanks to the capitals. >> seth: very excited about this. you guys, our first guest tonight is cnn's chief washington correspondent. his debut novel, "the hellfire club" is available now. please welcome back to the show our friend jake tapper, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> seth: how are you? >> i'm good. i just left a city full of people dressed like that. >> seth: yeah, everybody in washington is very happy. it's been -- when was the last time washing sports team won a title? was it, like, early '90s or something? >> i can't even remember. >> seth: it's been a long time. so, that's the -- i'm glad -- >> i don't root for any of 'em. so, i don't know. >> seth: you don't watch -- you know, you're a -- >> i'm a philadelphia fan. >> seth: you're -- but so is -- you probably -- >> yeah. >> seth: --more often than not actively work against them, right? >> i do everything i can to sabotage them. [ laughter ] >> seth: so, i want to talk about the book. but first, obviously, you managed to do this while you still have your day job. >> yes. >> seth: yesterday -- often on sunday, you are the first to catch what would be called -- i guess politely be called spin. >> spin. >> seth: larry kudlow, the chief economic advisor, he came on your show and he basically said, justin trudeau stabbed donald trump in the back. and the worst part about it was that he weakened donald trump before his summit -- >> yeah. >> seth: with kim jong-un. what is it like to watch that take form in real-time on your
show? >> well, it's just fascinating because, obviously, well saw the low up the way it did. and president trump on air force one firing off his tweets, removing the united states from a -- from a communique. >> seth: yeah. >> as one does. >> seth: yeah. >> and there really hadn't been any explanation about why it was. and so larry kudlow came on the show. and i dn't know what they were gonna say. i legitimate -- usually, you have an idea of what they're going to say. but this was -- the birth of the spin. and, obviously, it was coordinated because they were saying it at the same time on other channels with different guests. but the birth of the spin, that this was -- justin trudeau's fault. >> seth: yeah. >> and, it so offended donald trump. >> seth: and then, do you -- in those times, because you're processing in real-time, do you find, like, it's your job to give them room to lay this out for everyone to see? >> well, that's -- i mean, part of the job is -- this is -- these are your leaders. >> seth: sure. >> what are they saying? and then my job is to push back and -- and challenge it.
for instance -- i don't know if you guys knew. but on occasion, president trump has been known -- >> seth: yeah. >> on occasion -- to inst peop too. >> seth: oh, my god. [ laughter ] breaking news. >> it has -- you really have to follow the news closely. >> seth: 'cause he does it between the lines. >> yes, so it's -- >> seth: it's very subtle. >> it's subtle. it's subtle. the occasional bon mont. >> seth: yeah, exactly. [ cheers and applause ] there has been a lot talking -- we just showed a clip that he doesn't feel like preparation is that important for this meeting. >> no. >> seth: do you feel like -- >> it's instinct. >> seth: do you feel like his national security advisors are panicked by this? or do you think, at this point, they would be shocked if he said, "let's bone up on north korea?" >> i think that they woulde shocked. >> seth: yeah. >> i mean, he's not -- he's never been a detail guy. >> seth: yeah. >> i think that the national security team there is smart and prepared. i do wonder about this initial meeting that they're going t and president trump and two translators and that's it.
>> seth: yeah. >> 'cause usually it's not done that way. and, no one really knows what's going to happen. and afterwards, no one will really know what happened. >> seth: right. because no one from that room can be, like, trusted, right? i mean. [ laughter ] >> in novel -- in the terms of a novel where you -- we have four unreliable narrators. >> seth: we do have four un -- [ laughter ] now, donald trump doesn't -- you know, it seems like in times that he's talked about our nuclear arsenal and our plan, he doesn't seem to understand the finer details of it. >> no, that's right. there was a debate in 2015 when hugh hewitt, the conservative talk-radio host asked him about the nuclear triad. and the nuclear triad is -- you know, it's having nukes from land, from sea, and from air. and it was pretty clear he had no idea what the nuclear triad is. what's amazing about this stuff -- now, obviously, he's in charge of it. set right. >> is the idea that there is no, "o d >> seth: yeah. >> for instance --
>> seth: but there's no shame in not knowing things and bin. a million things. and it always happens during any presidential race. all candidates get caught not knowing things. >> seth: right. >> but for instance, he has this thing. he just did it thether day. you know nato, this -- this alliance we're in. the deal was, the commitment was, every country in nato has to -- has agreed to spend 2% of their gdp on defense spending. kind of a wonky thing, but that's an important thing. presidentrump portrays it as, you know, they're not paying their dues. none of these other countries are paying their dues. now, he has an argument to make about these other countries need to carry their weight more. but, it's not dues. >> seth: yeah. >> it's not a country club. [ laughter ] >>h:>> is not -- you know, $200,000 are owed and then you >> seth: yeah, exactly. [ light laughter ] "they're not signing for their club sandwiches." >> but i don't understand. >> seth: yeah. >> i don't know if people tried to explain? i assume people have tried to explain. >> seth: well, then, the other question is, we don't, you know, every -- we, obviously, have a sense of what he knows about our nuclear arsenal.
is no one really -- is kim jong-un an expert on nuclear arsenal, or is he gonna be too -- is he very similar to trump? is it gonna be two guys sitting in a room talking about -- >> we know so little about him. >> seth: yeah. >> honestly, it's so opaque that north korea -- there's so little that the -- that the u.s. intelligence knows about what he knows et cetera. as you noted, he won't even let people study his stool. >> seth: yeah, exactly. [ laughter ] that's how -- >> i mean, that's -- so, if we don't even know that -- >> seth: yeah. >> how do you think, i mean -- >> seth: exactly. that must be -- there must be a real story in that stool for you to bring your own toilet. [ light laughter ] >> so, they still have corn. >> seth: yeah. yeah, exactly. [ audience ohs ] [ laughter ] that's good to know. >> i'm just thinking as an -- >> seth: yeah. thinking outd. >> seth: so -- first of all, congratulations on your book. >> thank you. >> seth: you are the "new york ti b e about 1950s washington, d.c. 27th. that's the commitment to complete the denuclearization of the korean peninsula. >> announcer: this is an nbc news special report. reporting from singapore, here's
lester holt. good morning, everyone, we're coming back on the air from singap where the u.s./n k smit is now over. and president trump is about to take questions from reporters. this all began seven hours ago with a handshake. president trump and kim jong-un in the first ever meeting of a sitting american president and the north korean leader. five hours after that, a signing ceremony by the two leaders. the document held up to cameras by president trump speaks in very general terms about improved relations. joint terms of peace and commitment to provide security guarantees, the north korean reparation of m.i.a. remains north korea's commitment toward, quote, work toward a complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula but there's no mention of verification or even a definition of what that phrase means to each side. the president, as we said, about
to be asked about all of this in the room f the ident's news conference. our chief white house correspondent hallie jackson. and joining me here is chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. and national correspondent peter alexander. hallie, leto g to you, first, the president held up the document at the signing but didn't explain what it. on casual look, are there any commitments that kim jong-un made specifically? >> reporter: well, he says complete del complete denuclearization, lester in exchange for what the u.s. has described as security assurances. there are still real questions here, you listed some of them. what specifically are those assurances that the u.s. is prepared to offer north korea. when it comes to denuclearization, what is the time line. we know that secretary of state mike pompeo seated behind me in the room is looking forward to these talks but what the president picks that up, what does that exactly mean.
chief of staff john kelly just sat down as well. we expect the president in a minute, lester. and there are real questions for him. you also look at the optics of this. this obviously is a historic moment. the sitting president meeting with the leader of north korea. amid the smiles, the body language, the back pats, the hand shakes this is a leader accused of some of the worst human rights abuses in the world. that is not a topic today, lester, but i do believe the president will address that when he comes on the stage just moments from now. >> and now the bigger question as we await the president, we have to ask ourselves, do we feel any safer that these two have met. andrea mitchell, you have read through the document. should we feel better about the world? >> i suppose we should should feel better that these two men have met. but there's nothing specific in here. no time line about
denuclearization. there's no comphimentd as to what t commitment as to the security guarantees. we don't know what the president talking about the security guarantees discussed some day removing 28,000 american troops in south korea, below the dmz and a number of bases. and talked about changing the nuclear umbrella over al-r our lies, it's remarkably thin compared to past arms agreements and complicated associations, it seems more like an extended photo opportunity with a lot of drama. and a lot of personal diplomacy that could lead somewhere down the ad but there's not even word about the next meeting. >> peter, the president sold this in the fashion like they accomplished a lot here? >> yeah, he said it's very
comprehensive, as andrea laid out there. what it is, it is a new start and that's what the president is going to say. this is a man that envisioned a new effort, a new way of reimagining this between the two g to sell.and that' whate's even though he'll admit it's the start of a deal. i really think he wants to denuke, he said of kim jong-un. and now the dil is in the details. can they hold kim jong-un accountable. will they be able to make this complete and verifiable nuclearization, not justague language. we've seen this going back to 1994, the first real agreement of this kind. this doesn't get t that level. thstioe que is can they deliver something as in the past. >> richard engel is in seoul where they're, of course, watching this quite keenly because they're profoundly affected by what happens here.
riar of time in south korea, trying to understand the tension it's and what it would take there to make people there feel fe. what are your thoughts? >> reporter: well, i think this document, we've seen the text by now. it is so vague as to almost be meaningless. it's declaration of principles, in which the t sides, president trump and kim jong-un agree to work for better relations on the korean peninsula. north korea works to denuclearize, although that's never exactly spelled out what that is. there's no time frame. there's no enforcement mechanism. so it looks like president trump spent a great deal to get this very vague agreement. he came to asia. he put his own credibility, he put the united states' credibility on the line. spent american political capital, in order to get this unenforceable commitment.
where i am in south korea, the south korean government is going to be very pleased by this. while president trump is going to spin himself as a win because he got some piece of paper out of it, and he got this photo op. i think here, the south korean government is going to say, look, it brought the two sides together. six months agos president tr was lobbing insults at the north korean leader. and north korea was firing rockets. now, they've at least agreed son some sort of principles. so the south korean government can say it did deliver on its promise, it did broker a peace agreement. and finally, clearly, the big winner here is kim jong-un. he only committed to something is that he's already committed to in the past. he's already said he would denuclea that said someow do th time frame given. and in exchange, he got a full meeting with the president of the united states, on the podium, i front of the
world's camera. he was elevated to an accepted world leader. and all he had to do unenforcea declaration of principle. >> chard, ir wt you're saying, but at the same time, all of the sanctions again the kim jong-un regime are still isn't place. and there's nothing here that suggests that they're going to be lifted, so, does that still put the weight in favor of the u.s. in the u.s. in this, at some point he's go to have to move the dial to get some relief. >> reporter: this is one would hope, the doubt describes, this is a starting point and that there will continue to be a process of nitestates still has that stick. united states still has the sanctions. there's no mention that the u.s. will immediatelyif the any specifics at all.
but what kim jong-un got from this is recognition. and show h people that he is an accepted international leader on the world stage. and he has a document to prove that the united states is committing also in vague terms to having better relations. so, he can go home and tell his people that he's now been elevated to a leapt leadegitima, as opposed to someone who is always called a dictator. the leader of a rogue state. he can say i was on the same clatform as the do is sign a defined. rizationha is yet >> richard, we're waiting for the president to emerge. they're showing some kind of a video in that news conference room, but as soon as he takes the podium, we'll hear what the president says. let me go back to andrea, on that sinre speaking
of. sanctions aren't mention here and that continues to be the leverage and maybe the draw of kim jong-un to come to singapore and sit down here. does that still leave the favor towards the united states to get something done? >> there's a lot of clout there but china will have the leverage above all. mike pompeo is leaving for seoul tomorrow and then to beijing the day after. he's already called the japanese and south koreans to brief them on the outcome of this. i'm sure that theou is reportiny happy with this because president moon in south korea was pngthis. but it really depends on whether china and russia are able to keep the pressure on them. the president showing that he wanted some sort of accord with kim jong-un, it's hard to say this is a dictator who deserves to be sanctioned, when he's been praised so lavishly profusively by the president of the united
states. >> peter, the prd trying to telegraph the political arguments to come. noting even his credits will be surprised how well he did here in his opinion. are we going to see a position here where the president is going to be criticized for a lack of specifics in this document? >> i think already you're hearing that criticism. certainly, this is a president who just shredded the iran nuclear deal. a deal that did have a step-by-step process to vie to verify the denuclearization of iran, the ability to build weapons. here the best he got is this vague statement. what strikes me, the president will be leaving singapore in a matter of hoursro w, coming out party as observers are describing it for kim jong-un. literally, we saw him last night as his motorcade was driving into the streets sort of reveling in the adulation of the singaporean people.
when all is said and done, in many ways, this is the day that the world, in effect, courtesy donald trump validated kim jong-un. and history ultimately will judge whether that was the right move to make. >> you mentioned the motorcade. moment. we've seen the two of them walk out what is known as the beast, the limousine. and it appeared that the president was showing off. >> yeah, that was remarkable. he opened the door and we see that from a distance. the doors are thick. this is a man kim jong-un who has this own security precautions. he brought his own food and his own toilet here to singapore. and then on his limousine, he has those strapping young men running alongside him, each of them picked for their martial art skills sand even the looks. and the president got a look at the way kim jong-un does security. i imagine he was impressed with
what he saw. >> we're going to take you into the capella hotel, president trump entering the room. the applause from -- >> thank you very much. >> here's the president. >> we've had a tremendous 24 hours. a tremendous three months because this has been going on for quite a while. that was the tape that we gave to chairman kim, his representatives, his leaders, that captures a lot, captures what can b done. it's a great place, the owe personal to be a great place between south korea and china, that's got tremendous potential. he understands that and he wants to do what's right. it's my honor today to address the people of the world, following this very historic summit with chairman kim jong-un ofrs to. and i think most of you have gotten the signed document.
or you will very shortly. it's very comprehensive. it's going to happen. i stand to you as an emissary of the american people 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 lee, a friend of mine. this is a country of profound grace and beauty. and w 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 of the long hours. i also want to thank president moon of south working hard,facl be speaking to him right after we're finished. prime minister abe of japan, a friend of mine, just left our country, hanant and he wants wh
right for japan and the world. a goodma man. and a very special person, friday xi of china who has really closed up that border, maybe a little less so over the last couple of months, but that's okay. but he really has, he's a tremendous friend of mine and a f le. i want to thank them for their efforts to help us get through this historic day. most importantly, i want to thank chairman kim for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people. our unprecedented meeting, the first between an american president and a leader of north korea proves that real change is indeed possible. my meeting with chairman kim was honest, direct and productive. we got to know each other well in a very confined period of
time. under very strong, strong circumstance. 're prepared to start a new history, and we're 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 korean peninsula. countless people died in the conflict including tens of was agreed t ed to, the war never e. to this day never ended. but now we will have hope that it will soon end. and it will, it will soon end. the past does not have to define the future. yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's war. and as history has proven over and over again, adversaries can indeed become friends. we can honor the sacrifice of our forefathersby replacing the
horrors of battle with the blessings of peace. and that's whate're doing, and that's what we've done. there's 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 before him an opportunity like no other, to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of security and prosperity for his people. signed a joint statement in which he reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. we also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the ems soon aspossible. and he wants to do that. this isn't the past. this isn't another administration that never got it
started. and, therefore, never got it done. chairman kim has told me that north korea's already destroying a major missile engine testing site that's not in your signed document, we agreed to that after the agreement was signed that's a big thing. for the missiles that they were testing, the site is going to be destroyed very soon. 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 done years ago. this should have been resolved a long time ago. but we're 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. the current state of affairs
cannot endure the people of korea, north and south, are profoundly talented, industrious and gifted. these are truly gifted people. they share the same language, culture heritage and destiny. but to realize their destiny, to reunite their national family, the menace of nuclear weapons will now be removed, in the meantime, t sanctions will remain in effect. we dream of a future where koreans can live together in harmony where families are reunited. and hopes are reborn and where the light of peace chases away the darnkness of war. this bright future is happening. and this is what's happening. it is right there. it's withi reach. it's going to be there. it's going to happen. people never thought this could never take place.
it is now taking place. it's a very great day, it's a very great m ithe history of the world. and chairman kim is on his way back to north korea. and i know for a fact, as soon as he arrives, he's going to start a process that's going to make a lot of people very happy and very safe. so, it's an honor to be with everybody today. the media, it's a big gathering of media, i will say. makes me feel very uncomfortable. but it is what it is. people understand that thiss something very important to all of us, including yourselves and your families. wow, that's a lotf questions. sure, go ahead. >> thank you. >> nbc. >> thank you, mr. president, two questions for you, if you don't mind, the man you met today, kim jong-un has you know has killed family members, has starved his own people is responsible for the death of otto warmbier.
why are you so comfortable calling him very talented? >> well, he is very talented. anybody who takes over a situatione he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it, and run it tough. i don't say it was nice. or i don't say anything about it. very few people at that age. ,0u can take one out of probabouldn'o it. vto warmbier is a person and heor a long time in my life. his parents are good friends of mine. i think without otto, this would fought have happened. something happened from that day. it was a terrible thing. it was brutal. but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on including north korea. i really think that otto is someone who did not die in vain. i told this to his parents, a special young man. and a have to say special
parents, special people. otto did not die in vain. he had a lot to do with us today, thank you very much. >> second question on security, the second question, sir, on the security assurances you talked about in your statement. can you be specific what assurances you're willing to give kim jong-un did that include reducing capabilities? >> no we're not reducing. i used to say during my campaign, as you know probably better than most. i want to get our soldiers out. i want to bring our soldiers back home. we have right now 32,000 soldiers in south korea. and i'd like to be able to bring them back home. but that's 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 and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. but we'll be saving a tremendous
amount of money. plus, i think it's very provocative. >> yes. john. yes, john, go ahead. go ahead. i'm sorry. >> i thought you were john roberts. you look much better mr. president, this jnt verifiable or irreversible denuclearization. is that a concession on the pardon of tpart of the united states? >> no, not at all. because if you look at it, let's see here, it will be gone. i don't think it will be any more plain than what we're asking, issues asking for the establishment of the new dprk building. we talk about guarantees. and we talk about unwaverivever commit to the complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. this is the document we just
signed. >> did you discuss with kim to verify that very process. >> yes, we did. >> and we'll be verifying. >> how is that achieved, mr. president? >> well, it's going to 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're gng to have a lot of people there. and we're going to be working with them on a lot of other things but this is complete denuclearization of north korea and it will be verified. >> will those people are americans or -- >> a combination of both. and we have talked about it, yes. yeah, go ahead. be nice, be respectful. >> i'll be very respectful, sir. what did kim jong-un say to you to give you the confidence that for once, in the history of north korea, they are not cheating the system and gaming the world and gaming the people
who will have to go in and make sure that they're actually giving up their nuclear arsenal? >> very fair question. he actually mentioned the fact that they proceeded down a path in the past. and ultimately, as you know, nothing got done. in one case, they took billions of dollars during the clinton regime, took billions of dollars, and nothing happened. that was a terrible thing. and he actually brought it up to me. and he said, we have they ever gone this far. i don't think theve ever had the confidence, frankly in a president that they have right now for getting things done. and having it's ability to get things done. and he was very firm in the fact that he wants to do this -- i think might want to do this as much or even more than me. because they see a very bright future for north korea. so, you never know, right? we never know. but i'll tell you what, we signed a very comprehensive document today. i think most of you have been
given that document. but we signed a very, very comprehensive document. and i believe he's going to live up to that document. in fact, when he lands which is going to be shortly, i think he will start that process right away. i do. i do. i can only say that i know him really well -- it's been very rhetorical, as you know. i think without the rhetoric, it wouldn't have happened. i think without other things going along, i think the establishment of a new team was very important. they have a great team. i really think he wants to get it done. i feel strongly. there's john, you two look-alike when the light is right. the hair is very similar. let me see who has better hair. he's got pretty hair, john. >> it's the angelic glow of the backlighting that makes us look similar. the denuclearization, of the
weapons is one problem in north korea. another problem is the horrible record they have on human rights. was that discussed at all? is that something that you will tackle in the future? >> yes, it was discussed. it will be discussed in the future, human rights. what was also discussed in great detail, john, was the fact that we have -- and i must have had just countless calls and letters. anything you can do, they want the remains of their sons back. they want the remains of their fathers and mothers and all of the people that got caught in really brutal war which took place to a large extent in north korea. and i asked for it today, and we got it. that was a very last-minute -- the remains will be coming back. they're going to start process immediately. but so many people, even during the campaign, they'd say, is there any way you can wor with north korea to get the remains
of my son back, or my father back. so many people asked me this question. and, you know, i said, look, we don't get along too well with that particular group of people. but now we do. and he agreed to that so quickly and so nice. it was really a very nice thing. and he understands it. he understands it. and so for the thousands and thousands, i guess way over 6,000 that we know of in terms of the remains wbe brought back. >> the p.o.w./m.i.a. issue is eay a very important one -- >> especially for a lot of people. >> -- but what do you, president trump, expect kim jong-un to do about the human rights record regarding the north korean people? >> it was discussed. it was discussed relatively briefly, compared to denuclearization. well, obviously, that's where we started and where we started and ended. but they will be doing things. i think he wants to do things.
you'd be very surprised. very smart. very good negotiator. wants to do the right thing. you know, he brought up the fact that in the past, they took dialogue, they never were like we are. there's never been anything like what's taking place now. but they went down the line. billions of dollars were given. you know, the following day, the nuclear program continued. but this is a much different time. and this is a much different president in all fairness. this is very important to me. this is one of the -- perhaps, one of the reasons that i won, i campaigned on this issue. as you know very well, john. okay. whoever those people are. i cannot see you with all of the lights, but you don't like either of two. go ahead, sure. >> thank you, mr. president, first of all, congratulations. >> thank you very much, appreciate it. >> did you touch on the issue of peace treaty and also where yil
travel to pyongyang anytime soon? >> at a certain time, i will. that will be a day that i very much look forward to it at the appropriate time. and i also will be inviting chairman kim at the appropriate time to the white house. i think that's something that will be very important. i said at the appropriate time. we want to go a little further down the road. but what we signed today was a lot of things ud things that weren't included that we got after the deal was signed. i've done that before in my life. we didn't put it in the agreement because we didn't have time. and i think most of you will be handed out the agreement or soon will. you have not -- okay. if you could have those agreements passed out, we just finished them a little while ago. but if you could have the agreements passed out you'll see what we're talking about. yes, sir, go ahead.
>> cotulati, mr. president. what part did japan play? and did the abduction issue come up and the fate of christians? and a follow-up question is when will you be doing a interview with japanese tv, 50,000 troops in japan? >> that's true. 50,000 great troops. prime minister abe, certainly, other than the whole denuking subject, certainly, i would say his main point. and i brought it up, absolutely. and they're going to be working on that. we didn't put it down in the document, but it will be worked on. ns,yes, we brought it up very frankly, franklin graham spent and spends a tend in nort heart. it did come up and things will be happening. thank you, great question. yes, john, go ahead.
>> thank you, mr. president. >> thank you, john. >> returning to the question of human rights, you spoke very powerfully on the issue during your state of the union address. you showed that you had the defector in the first lady's box with the crutches who escaped. you atha point said that north korea has more brutally oppressed its people than any regime on earth. do you still believe that's the case, having sat down with kim jong-un and does he need to change that? >> john, i believe it's a rough situation over there, there's no question about it. we did discuss it today, pretty strongly, knowing what the main purpose of what we were doing is denuking. but discussed it at pretty good length. we'll be doing something on it. it's rough. it's rough in a lot of places, by the way, not just there. but it's rough. and we will continue that, and i think, ultimately, we'll agree to something.
but it was discussed atlength, outside of the nuclear situation, one of the primary topics. >> do you think that needso change to bring on this glorious new era you talked about? >> i think it will change, yeah. i think it probably has to, but i think it will. yeah. thank you, thank you very much. steve. thoughts, ste >> thank you. what time period are you thinking about for denuclearization? >> scientifically, i've been watching and reading a lot of this. and it does take a long time to pull off complete denuclearization. it takes a long time. scientifically, you have to wait certain periods of time, and a lot of things happen. but despite that, once you start the process, it means it's pretty much over. can't use them, that's the good news. that's going to start very soon. i believe that'sng to start very soon. we will do it as fast as it can
mechanically and physically be done, steve. >> and the sanctions? >> the sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor. sanctions played a big role, but they'll come off at that point. i hope it's going to be soon but they'll come off. as you know, and as i've said, the sanctions right now remain. at a certain point, i actually look forward to taking them off. and they'll come off when we dow we're it's notng t happen. nothing's going to happen. >> thank you. >> yes, go ahead, please. >> thank you, mr. president. congratulations on this historic summit. >> thank you very much. congratulations to everybody, by the way. go ahead. >> you signed a document with kim jong-un. it's essentially a piece of paper. yesterday, we had a briefing from the secretary of state mike pompeo and he said the following. many presidents have previously signed off on pieces of paper only to find that the north
koreans didn't promise what we actually thought they or reneged on those promises. what makes this difference, mr. president? >> well, you have a different administration. you have a different president. you have a different secretary of state. you have people that are -- you know, it's very important to them. and we get it done. the other groups, maybe it wasn't a priority. i don't think they could have done frankly. fi don it was a priority. and it would be easier back then. for me, it would have been much