While hosting Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office on Tuesday, President Trump is asked by NBC's Kirsten Welker to respond to Sen. Bob Corker's (R-TN) accusation that he is putting the U.S. on the "path" to World War III.
"We were on the wrong path before," Trump said. "All you have to do is take a look. If you look over the last 25 years through numerous administrations, we were on a path to a very big problem, a problem like this world has never seen. We're on the right path right now, believe me."
PRESIDENT TRUMP: It's an honor to have Dr. Kissinger with us, a man of immense talent and experience and knowledge. I'm going to talk to him for a while and we're going to learn a lot. But I can say from my world standpoint and with many of the countries that Henry and I were talking about before the election, because I would talk with Henry before the election, we've made a lot of progress with many of them.
We have some outstanding and we'll handle that as we have to handle it, but we've made a lot of progress, in the Middle East with ISIS and many other things. It's a much calmer place. But Henry, I say often, I inherited a mess, but we're fixing it. You may want to say something, and thank you for being here, Henry. Thank you very much.
HENRY KISSINGER, FMR. SECRETARY OF STATE: Mr. President, I didn't expect this opportunity. It's always a great honor to be in this office. And I'm here at a moment when the opportunity to build a constructive, peaceful order is very great. And the president is leaving on a trip to Asia, which I think will make a great contribution to progress and peace and prosperity. Thank you for inviting me.
TRUMP: Thank you very much, Henry. I appreciate it.
REPORTER: Mr. President, is Senator Corker right that you're putting the U.S. on the path to World War III?
TRUMP: We were on the wrong path before. All you have to do is take a look. If you look over the last 25 years through numerous administrations, we were on a path to a very big problem, a problem like this world has never seen. We're on the right path right now, believe me.