In this section of a marathon interview on 'Fox & Friends' Friday morning, President Trump talks about North Korea and the summit earlier this week in Singapore.
"We've heard a lot of bad things about Rocket Man," FOX host Steve Doocy said. "But now all of a sudden you seem to be best friends, what's going on?"
"We had very good chemistry," the president said about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, adding that saying so probably isn't "politically correct."
"We really did hit it off," the president repeated. "You know, good chemistry."
"I take heat [for that], but what am I supposed to do? Walk out and say he's terrible? We got along very well. I asked him about the remains, I'd like to get them, He said yes."
They are already starting to produce the remains of these great young soldiers who were left in North Korea. We're getting the remains, nobody thought that was possible!"
Trump said the agreement they signed is a promise from Kim to denuclearize. "It says he will denuclearize."
He said sanctions would come off of North Korea "when we can be sure there is no more nuclear."
"We're very close to getting it started, he wants to do it. He wants to make his country Great," Trump said.
"Once we know that it can't happen, and I'm telling you right now, with the relationship I have now, it is not going to happen," the president said about nuclear war. "It won't happen, don't worry about it!"
"If you go to war there, you're not talking about 100,000 lives, which is a lot, you're talking ab out 30-40-50 million lives. Seoul is 30 miles from the border, they don't even need nuclear weapons to take out Seoul."
"I get hit by these fakes back here because I went there, I gave him credibility. I think it is great to give him credibility. Here's what we get: Everything. Point after point after point."
DOOCY: When you finally met him and sat across the table from. You know we've heard a lot of bad things about little rocket man. And suddenly you guys seem to be best friends.
TRUMP: We got along very well. We had a good chemistry. I don't know if that's supposed to be popular or politically correct to say. But we really did. We had good chemistry. You haven't had any rockets shot up in the air for seven months.
You haven't had any research. They just blew up their test site, they're blowing up their engine test site for ballistic missiles. He's giving us back our great hero's who died, as you know.
TRUMP: We're getting their remains back. And I've had so many people, so may parents, so many fathers, and daughters, and sons asking me please, please.
TRUMP: This is during the campaign and after. I don't have exactly a good relationship anyway. During the meeting and we really did hit it off. During the -- you know good chemistry.
DOOCY: You have since used some very friendly words regarding him. And you're taking some heat for that.
TRUMP: Yes. I mean that's what it is. I take heat. But what am supposed to do? Walk out and say terrible? I mean I got along with him very well. We have good chemistry. I asked him the remains; I'd like to get them. He said yes, we will do that.
They are already starting to produce the remains of these great young soldiers who were left in North Korea. We're getting the remains. And nobody thought that was possible.
DOOCY: The way you have described things, it sounds like you feel that he's on the road to denuking.
TRUMP: Oh, absolutely. It's in the agreement. It says he will denuclearize.
DOOCY: Right. I know it's kind of broad.
TRUMP: You know it's funny when you see the fake news. Because -- and you guy's aren't fake. But I signed an agreement where we get everything. Everything, but they say Trump lost because he agreed to meet. Trump agreed to meet.
DOOCY: Got the picture.
TRUMP: No it's a funny thing. You got to watch CNN, what a fraud it is. They go Trump is...
DOOCY: Their listening they're right behind you, right there.
TRUMP: That's fine. Do you hear me? Trump agreed to meet. I say I agreed to meet. Of course you got to agree to meet. If you don't agree to meet you know what you're going to have? You're going to have nuclear war, that's what you're going to have.
I have a great relationship. He gave us back our hostages. I didn't pay $1.8 billion. I paid nothing.
TRUMP: But it was very smart that he did it. He gave us back our hostages. He's giving us back the remains of probably 7,500 soldiers.
TRUMP: Yes. There's a tremendous number of soldiers. Tremendous number of MIAs, you know folks that just never -- they've never been found.
DOOCY: It sounds like...
TRUMP: And they, and by the way they know where many of these bodies are.
DOOCY: What is the stage of the meetings now? I know you...
TRUMP: It's great. Mike Pompeo is just leaving there. He was in South Korea.
DOOCY: Any developments from (inaudible)?
TRUMP: We're getting along great with South Korea. We're getting along great with China. Probably until this morning because we just did a tariff in China. But that's OK. Because I have a wonderful relationship with President Xi, we'll all work it out. He understands it's unfair.
TRUMP: They can't believe they got away with it for so long Steve.
TRUMP: They can't believe it. I mean they got away with it for 25 years. I'm not just blaming Obama. I'm blaming many presidents and leaders.
DOOCY: At what point...
TRUMP: It should have never happened.
DOOCY: At what point do the sanctions come off of North Korea?
TRUMP: When we can be sure there will be no more nuclear.
DOOCY: How close are we to that?
TRUMP: Very close. We're very close to getting it started. He wants' to do it, he wants to do something great with his country, he wants' to make his country great.
DOOCY: So you are saying that you'll relieve the sanctions once what ever he's going to do...
TRUMP: Once we know...
DOOCY: Is completely. That stuff doesn't work anymore.
TRUMP: Once we know that it can't happen.
TRUMP: And I'm telling you right now with the relationship I have it's not going to happen. Hey you haven't had a rocket test in seven months. I was with Prime Minister Abe, another good friend of mine from Japan. I said when's the last time you had a rocket flying over Japan?
He said it has not happened. I said it won't happen. Don't worry about.
DOOCY: Are we close to seeing Mr. Kim here at the White House?
TRUMP: It could happen. I mean yes, I would have him.
DOOCY: Did they talk about that...
TRUMP: Yes. I think it's something that could happen. Yes. Hey, he's the head of a country. And I mean he is the strong head. Don't let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.
DOOCY: Well, just before you met with him he cleaned house. Three of his top Generals, some of the hardliners he's fired.
TRUMP: Yes that's what I hear.
DOOCY: Then you go over there. And you got -- you took some heat over saluting one of the generals.
TRUMP: I think he fired at least, OK when you say he fired.
DOOCY: Three that we know of.
TRUMP: I think maybe fired at least, fired maybe a nice word. That's right, I met a general. He saluted me, I saluted him back. And I guess their using that as another sound bite. I mean, you know I think I'm being respectful to the general.
We are, we have a very good relationship with North Korea. When I was talking to President Obama, he essentially was ready to go to war with North Korea. He felt you almost had to go to war. And I did ask him. Have you spoken to him? It was no. I said do you think it would be a good thing to speak to him maybe?
TRUMP: OK. Because if you go to war there your not talking about 100,000 lives, which is a lot, your talking about 30, 40, 50 million lives. Seoul is 30 miles off the border. They don't even need nuclear weapons to take out Seoul.
And they have thousands of cannons. They call them cannons, they have the big guns. Thousands pointed right at Seoul. We have a really great relationship for the first time ever. No president's ever had this. So I get hit by these fakes back here. Not all of them. Some are phenomenal. But I get hit. Because I went there, I gave him credibility. I think it's great to give him credibility. Here's what we got, everything, point after point after point.
DOOCY: One point, I think it was in the last week, 10 days. Things are going faster in Washington, just saying. But...
TRUMP: We're having a lot of fun right? So supposing Hillary instead of Trump, do you think it would be so exciting? Your ratings would be way down, number one show in the morning folks.
DOOCY: Well, thank you. I've heard you say the others in cable news. That's right. It was with in the last...
TRUMP: Actually also beyond cable news you're doing pretty well.