During a press conference Monday morning with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Trump clarified his stance on North Korea and Iran, and agreed with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un that former VP Joe Biden is a "low IQ individual."
Trump said of Kim: "Perhaps he wants to get attention, and perhaps not, who knows. It doesn't matter."
About the former vice president, Trump said: "Joe Biden was a disaster with his administration with President Obama. They were basically a disaster when it came to so many things, whether it was economy, whether it was military defense, no matter what it was they had a lot of problems, so I am not a fan."
AMERICAN REPORTER: Mr. President, a follow up on North Korea. You tweeted about North Korea yesterday. Do you believe that they violated U.N. resolutions with the short-range missiles launch, and does it give you pause at all to be appearing to side with a brutal dictator instead of with a fellow American, the former vice president, Joe Biden?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a "low-IQ individual." He probably is, based on his record. I think I agree with him on that.
But, at the same time, my people think that it could have been a violation, as you know. I view it differently, I view it as a man, perhaps he wants to get attention, and perhaps not, who knows. It doesn't matter. All I know is there have been no nuclear tests, there have been no ballistic missiles going out, there have been no long-range missiles going out, and I think that someday we'll have a deal. I'm not in a rush.
Tremendous sanctions have been put on the country of North Korea, and again, Kim Jong Un understands the unbelievable economic potential his country has. It is located between Russia and China on one side, and South Korea on the other, and it is all waterfront property. It is a great location, as we used to say in the real estate business. And I think he sees that.
I have to tell you, on one other country, I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal and that is very smart of them. That's a possibility to happen also.
AMERICAN REPORTER: In terms of criticism that you are sort of supporting a dictator instead of an American vice president?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, when I look at what has been done by our vice president and the president, when I look at the horrible Iran deal that they made -- look what's happened since I terminated the Iran deal, look what has happened to Iran. Iran, when I first came into office, was a terror. They were fighting in many locations all across the middle east. They were behind every single major attack, whether it was Syria, Yemen, or individual smaller areas, whether it was taking away oil from people, they were involved with everything.
Now they're pulling back because they have serious economic sanctions. As you know, we have massive economic sanctions and other things. We just said the other day, steel, copper, different elements that they used to sell. The oil is essentially dried up. And I'm not looking to hurt Iran at all, I'm looking for Iran to say, "no nuclear weapons."
We have enough problems in this world right now with nuclear weapons. No nuclear weapons for Iran.
And I think we'll make a deal, again, I think Iran has tremendous economic potential and I look forward to letting them get back to the stage where they can show that. I think Iran, I know so many people from Iran, these are great people. It has the chance to be a great country -- with the same leadership, we're not looking for regime change. I just want to make that clear. We're looking for no nuclear weapons.
If you look at the deal that Biden and President Obama signed, they would have free access to nuclear weapons where they wouldn't even be in violation in just a very short period of time. What kind of a deal with that? So we can't have that. Plus there were many other bad things that they did. So I don't take sides as to who I'm in favor of and who I'm not, but I can tell you Joe Biden was a disaster with his administration with President Obama. They were basically a disaster when it came to so many things, whether it was economy, whether it was military defense, no matter what it was they had a lot of problems, so I am not a fan.