President Trump met with the Japanese Prime Minister Abe today to discuss the upcoming meeting with North Korea and to discuss trade between Japan and the U.S:

“Prime Minister Abe and I are also working to improve the trading relationship between the United States and Japan, something we have to do.”… “We want new auto plants going into Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio”

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The mutual respect and admiration is very evident between the two leaders who both want peace and stability for the region:

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“I hope the upcoming meeting in Singapore represents the beginning of a bright new future for North Korea and indeed, a bright new future for the world.”

Reporters took questions after the statement from both leaders. Fox News’ John Roberts asked what was in the letter from Kim Jong Un and Trump said it was just a greeting and very nice.

President Trump commented on how it’s taken way too long to do this and mentioned past presidents and their lack of progress trying to find peace: “Shouldn’t have waited to this point.”

Asked about signing the agreement with North Korea, Trump emphasized that it’s what happens after the agreement is signed: “It’s what happens after we sign an agreement that really matters”

EARLIER IN THE DAY THE TWO LEADERS MET WITH THE PRESS: President Donald Trump said Thursday it would not be an acceptable outcome if North Korea doesn’t denuclearize, adding he doesn’t think he needs to “prepare very much” in advance of his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un.

“They have to de-nuke,” he said in the Oval Office. “If they don’t denuclearize, that will not be acceptable. We cannot take sanctions off. The sanctions are extraordinarily powerful.”

He spoke earlier about denuclearization:

WFB reports:

President Donald Trump said Thursday it would not be an acceptable outcome if North Korea doesn’t denuclearize, adding he doesn’t think he needs to “prepare very much” in advance of his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un.

“They have to de-nuke,” he said in the Oval Office. “If they don’t denuclearize, that will not be acceptable. We cannot take sanctions off. The sanctions are extraordinarily powerful.”

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet June 12 in Singapore over North Korea’s rogue nuclear program.

“I think I’m very well-prepared,” Trump said. “I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude. It’s about willingness to get things done, but I think I’ve been preparing for this summit for a long time, as has the other side.”

“This isn’t a question of preparation. It’s a question of whether or not people want it to happen, and we’ll know that very quickly,” he added.

NBC reporter Peter Alexander asked what Trump would say to critics who called the meeting a “photo op.”

“It’s going to be much more than a photo op,” he said. “I think it’s a process. I’ve told you that many times before. I think it’s not a one-meeting deal. It would be wonderful if it were. “

He said he hoped, at a minimum, to start with a “good relationship” with Kim, and he thought it would be an “exciting meeting.”


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