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. He also happened to mention what President Obama told him in their Oval Office meeting that left him looking so shaken:
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"When I was talking to President Obama, he essentially was ready to go to war with North Korea," Trump said about their November 10, 2016 meeting. "He felt you had almost to go to war, and I did ask [Obama]: Have you spoken to [Kim]? Do you think it would be a good idea to speak with him maybe?"
TRUMP: 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.
"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."