President Trump holds a press conference in Singapore following the conclusion of the summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un:
HALLIE JACKSON, NBC NEWS: Mr. President, that second question for you, sir, was on the security — the second question, sir —
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Go ahead.
JACKSON: — on the security assurances you talked about in your statement. Can you be specific about what assurances you are willing to give to Kim Jong Un? Does that include reducing military capabilities?
THE PRESIDENT: No.
JACKSON: And just to follow up on your answer —
THE PRESIDENT: No, we’re not reducing anything. We’re not reducing. At some point, I have to be honest — and I used to say this 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.