Trump praises Kim Jong Un as ‘strong’, ‘funny’ ‘smart’ and a ‘great negotiator’ in the interview with Hannity

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Trump: We want to denuclearize the entire Peninsula

On “Hannity,” President Trump the Americans in his meetings with Kim Jong-Un.

President Trump in an interview Tuesday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, adds North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un after their Singapore summit as a “strong guy” and a “great negotiator”, and argues that his once-fiery rhetoric is directed, Kim worked.

“He has a very good personality, he’s funny, and he is very, very smart,” Trump said Kim in the interview, which aired Tuesday night. “He is a great mediator, and he is in a very strategic kind of a guy.”

The President said he and Kim “were very good” from the “beginning” of the summit.

This is in stark contrast to the only a couple of months ago, when the President disdainfully Kim referred to as the “Little Rocket Man”, and warned North Korea that it will “be filled with the fire and the fury, as the world has never seen” if the US provokes with its nuclear weapons program.

But Trump told Hannity he thought his tough style paved the way for Tuesday the summit. “I think, without the rhetoric, we would not be here,” Trump said. “I really believe that.”

Trump added: “So, I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it. Sometimes I felt stupid doing it. But we had no choice. “


The President of the Singapore left, after the two leaders signed a deed in Pyongyang to work in the direction of “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The historic agreement came after the two leaders held several meetings throughout the day.

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“So, we’re not going to do the war games, as long as we negotiate, in good faith,” Trump said.

The joint Declaration stated that the United States, “security guarantees” to Pyongyang. If the unpredictable North Korean leader to follow, remains unclear, but Trump sound optimistic as he left to the summit.

“His country to be denuked, and he understood that, he understood it,” Trump said. “He didn’t fight.”

Trump also said in the interview that he believed the North Korean leader would start working in the direction of the removal of his country’s nuclear program “almost immediately.”

“We want to said denuke the entire Peninsula,” Trump.

Trump also made a point to say that the American college student Otto warm beer — who died last year, after he died imprisoned by the North Koreans for 15 months-“in vain.”

Warm beer’s parents said Tuesday they had hope that “something would come positive,” from the summit.

“He was a great young man,” Trump. “But I think, without Otto, the whole thing would not have happened.”

The President also said that it is possible for Kim to make a trip to Washington in the future.

“I think, at the right time, he will necessarily come to the White house, Yes,” he said.

Fox News’ Judson Berger and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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