Trump: "Totally Confident" We Can Set Up Verification System With North Korea

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President Trump said he is "totally confident" that a verification system can be set up to monitor North Korea and make sure they denuclearize in an interview with FOX News' Bret Baier broadcasted on Wednesday.. Trump said he would "only consider" the deal to be successful if it gets done.

"I only consider it successful if it gets done. I think we have done something very historic already in one way. But to me a success is when it gets done," Trump said.

"You saw the agreement. Nobody thought we were going to have an agreement like that. And things were given to me as you know from the news conference, things were given to me Bret that were not even part of the agreement. I got them after we had signed the agreement," the president said.





Trump said he and Chairman Kim "understand each other" and believe they have a "very good relationship." He also said the dictator realized he "wasn't playing around."

"Chairman Kim wants to resolve the problem because he knew that we weren't playing around," he said. "I wasn't playing around. He is not playing around. We have a very, I really say, for you know for a fairly short-term relationship, because it was unbelievably hostile -- the rhetoric. Rhetorically it was unbelievable hostile. And I think we have a very good relationship. We understand each other."

Trump said Kim Jong Un is a "tough guy" and said taking over a country at the age of 27 is a 1 in 10,00 thing, adding he is a "smart guy."

"He is a tough guy," the president said. "Hey when you take over a country, tough country, with tough people and you take it over from your father. I don't care who you are, what you are. How much of an advantage you have. If you can do that at 27-years-old you, I mean, that's one in 10, 000 that could do that. So he is a very smart guy. He is a great negotiator, but I think we understand each other."

"Why do you think Kim raced to complete his nuclear program and then decided to give it up?" Baier asked.

"I think psychologically he felt it was important and I understand that and again this should not have been happening now," Trump said. "This should have happened years ago and I'm not blaming President Obama. I'm saying during Obama, during Bush, during Clinton this should have happened. Clinton got played, I mean, when you look at what happened. He gave billions of dollars and it was like just a total waste of money."

Transcript, via FOX News:

BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS: There was one part of the news conference that I think you were kind of joking, that six months from now you could say this was a mistake…

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Oh sure. No –

BAIER: …and I am never going to tell you that..

TRUMP: It's not joking. It could happen. I mean all of a sudden…

BAIER: But you don't believe that?

TRUMP: It's deals. Whether it’s this, which is so important, or buying a building, or doing whatever you may be doing. No, I don't think that’s going to happen but I said I only consider it successful if it gets done. I think we have done something very historic already in one way. But to me a success is when it gets done.

BAIER: Is the military drawing down in South Korea? You kind of hinted at that, and is there going to be this kind of tit for tat?

TRUMP: No. It is not drawing down at all. In fact, honestly, it was never discussed. I’m sure he’d like that. It was never on the table. We -- you know, when I met him today, we have a very good relationship, I feel. I feel it is good. You know, we know it when we have chemistry. You know it as well as anybody and you understand what I mean. But when I met him today we had done three months, almost four months’ worth of work prior to my meeting, so we sort of understood that was never on the table. With that being understood and, you know, you asked me a question like that. I would love to get the military out as soon as we can because it costs a lot of money and a lot of money for us. We don't get paid fully for that military, which you know I'll be talking to South Korea about. But we have 32,000 soldiers in South Korea. I’d like to get them home. I would like to but it is not on the table right now. At the appropriate time it will be.

BAIER: But do you think China looks at this and says, well, this is kind of what we want? A North Korea that’s under control, a U.S. that’s maybe disengaging from the region?

TRUMP: No I think China really would like to see no nuclear weapons, you want to know the truth. Cause look, whether you are semi-friendly with a nation or not, when they have nuclear weapons and you’re that close, it can't be a positive feeling. It just can't be. So China’s been very helpful. I think over the last two months maybe less so. I think the border got a little bit more open. Now it didn't affect today's negotiation, but I think the border opened up a little bit more because China could be a little bit upset about trade because we are very strongly clamping down on trade.

BAIER: How strong?

TRUMP: Well, I think very strongly and I mean you’ll see over the next couple of weeks. They understand what we are doing. With that being said, I have a very good relationship with President Xi of China. He is, you know, an incredible guy. They just, you know, essentially president for life. That is pretty good.

BAIER: So North Korea, they’ve agreed to things before. They have agreed to several things before.

TRUMP: Yeah, but that's with a different president and nobody has taken it this far, and presidents have never met with anybody from North Korea. It's been you know delegated to other people. And even if they did meet they wouldn't have been able to pull it off. But this is something that should have been done years ago. I mean you’ve heard me say it many times. This should have been done ten years, 15, 20 years ago. This shouldn't be done now when they have an arsenal of nuclear weapons. They should have never allowed to get to this point. With that being said, Chairman Kim wants to resolve the problem because he knew that we weren't playing around. I wasn't playing around. He is not playing around. We have a very, I really say, for you know for a fairly short-term relationship, because it was unbelievably hostile -- the rhetoric. Rhetorically it was unbelievable hostile. And I think we have a very good relationship. We understand each other.

BAIER: You know you were asked in the press conference a number of different times and different ways about human rights. And you know that you called this relationship really good and that he was a very talented person. You know you call people sometimes killers. He is a killer. I mean he's clearly executing people.

TRUMP: He is a tough guy. Hey when you take over a country, tough country, with tough people and you take it over from your father. I don't care who you are, what you are. How much of an advantage you have. If you can do that at 27-years-old you, I mean, that's one in 10, 000 that could do that. So he is a very smart guy. He is a great negotiator, but I think we understand each other.

BAIER: But he's still has done some really bad things.

TRUMP: Yeah, but so have a lot of other people done some really bad things. I mean I can go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done. Now look, with all of that being said, the answer is yes. I am going from today. I am going from maybe 90 days ago. Because we really started this. We got a call that he was going to the Olympics. He would like to go to the Olympics. And that was sort of the beginning of what we have right now and we are very far down the line. You saw the agreement. Nobody thought we were going to have an agreement like that. And things were given to me as you know from the news conference, things were given to me Bret that were not even part of the agreement. I got them after we had signed the agreement.

BAIER: And so verification you are confident you can set up the system.

TRUMP: Yeah, I am totally confident. And if we can't, we can't have a deal. We have to be, you know, it has to be verified. But one other things that really I am happy, is that the soldiers that died in Korea, their remains are gonna be coming back home. And we have thousands of people that have asked for that. Thousands and thousands of people. So many people asked when I was on the campaign and I’d say wait a minute I don't have any relationship but they said when you can president we’d love our son to be brought back home. You know, the remains. And I asked -- we had pretty much finished and I said would you do me a favor? The remains of these great fallen heroes could we do something. He agreed to it immediately. It was pretty great.

BAIER: Why do you think Kim raced to complete his nuclear program and then decided to give it up?

TRUMP: I think psychologically he felt it was important and I understand that and again this should not have been happening now. This should have happened years ago and I'm not blaming President Obama. I'm saying during Obama, during Bush, during Clinton this should have happened. Clinton got played, I mean, when you look at what happened. He gave billions of dollars and it was like just a total waste of money.

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