Inhofe: The More Aggressive Trump Gets, The More He Gets Done; Brought Kim Jong-un To The Table

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Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) appeared on Maria Bartiromo's FOX Business Network show to discuss Gary Cohn, tariffs, President Trump's way of negotiating, and North Korea. Inhofe said he doesn't really care that Cohn is gone because "he didn't like me anyway." He added that Cohn's departure is an "improvement."

Inhofe also praised Trump's negotiating style. He said the more "aggressive" the president gets, the more he gets done.

"Well, it seems to me and that I've gotten to know the president pretty well, the more aggressive he gets, the more he gets done," Inhofe said of Trump's tactics.





"This is the impression I get by being around this guy, he gets things done, but he does it a different way totally unorthodox," Inhofe added.

Inhofe said Trump's feud with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is more likely to bring him to the table. Until Trump talked to him "that way," John-un started to change, according to the Senator.

"I mean, look what's happening right now in North Korea, I believe all of that started when he made the strong statement to Kim Jong-un that he had a bigger button, he could fire (INAUDIBLE) the map and all of a sudden Un started talking to South Korea," he said.

"Maria, that you probably didn't see but I chaired the hearing, it's armed services. We had all of the intelligence people in there, none of them believed that this guy is going to change, that he really wants to negotiate," Inhofe said.

"Except me," the Senator said. "I was the only one and the reason is that the guy has never been talked to that way like our President has talked to him, and he started changing at that point."

BARTIROMO: We'll see about that. Blake, thank you. Blake Burman. Joining us now to talk more about that is the Senator from Oklahoma, Jim Inhofe. Senator Inhofe, good to see you. Thanks very much for joining us.

INHOFE: Yes. I know all about your Barbie dolls and all of that, Maria. Nice to be with you.

BARTIROMO: Yes. Well, I'm glad you are watching the program. What's your take on Gary Cohn losing his battle over tariffs and resigning.

INHOFE: I don't really care that much because he didn't like me anyway. We disagree -- we disagreed on privatizing an air traffic control and didn't get along very well. So, let's see who he's replaced by.

BARTIROMO: Yes. Well, that's a good point because he really did have a different policy agenda than others in the White House and other, in Congress. And he was sort of that moderating voice in the President's circle of close advisers to push back on some things that may look protectionist, may look too nationalistic. So is it a negative that that voice is gone?

INHOFE: Yes. There are a lot of people out there. I've heard a lot of names. In fact you just mentioned, several of them, I think good, and quite frankly improvement.

BARTIROMO: Right. But the point is, is getting that voice out of there, is that a negative? Does this mean that the tariffs go through and this president could actually get more aggressive on these kinds of practices?

INHOFE: Well, it seems to me and that I've gotten to know the president pretty well, the more aggressive he gets, the more he gets done.

BARTIROMO: OK.

INHOFE: I mean, look what's happening right now in North Korea, I believe all of that started when he made the strong statement to Kim Jong-un that he had a bigger button, he could fire (INAUDIBLE) the map and all of a sudden un started talking to South Korea and say -- I think welcome to the Winter games and all of that. We're over there during that time. And I just -- we had a hearing yesterday, Maria, that you probably didn't see but I chaired the hearing, it's armed services. We had all of the intelligence people in there, none of them believed that this guy is going to change, that he really wants to negotiate.

BARTIROMO: Right.

INHOFE: Except me. I was the only one and the reason is that the guy has never been talked to that way like our President has talked to him, and he started changing at that point.

BARTIROMO: Yes.

INHOFE: Now, the other thing is his daddy didn't have a bargain chip like he has. You know, he has -- he does have a weapon that he could use, so that puts him in a position where he can negotiate and negotiate for real. With the problems do I have there, North Korea, economic problems I think he needs a change...

I'm going to give you a minority opinion here because no one else seems to agree with this but I think he is softening him up for negotiations. He's been talking for a year about getting a better deal and better trade and what better way to set up negotiations than to do exactly what he is doing. Just -- this is the impression I get by being around this guy, he gets things done, but he does it a different way totally unorthodox, that -- I think that's what he is up to.

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