President Trump gave an optimistic preview of his planned summit with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean despot, insisting that he will accomplish what his predecessors were unable to.
He has also said that he would be willing to leave the summit if the meeting falls short of his high expectations.
“If we don’t think it’s going to be successful, we won’t have it,” said Trump, standing beside his Japanese counterpart, President Shinzo Abe, at Mar-a-Lago estate. “If the meeting when I’m there isn’t fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting.”
“I like always remaining flexible,” said Trump. “We’ll remain flexible here.”
President Donald Trump also confidently claimed that his position in the negotiations is quite strong.
“We’ve never been in a position like this with that regime, whether it’s father, grandfather or son,” he claimed.
President Donald Trump, who agreed to talk with Kim last month, has pushed his plans forward despite the concerns from allies such as Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, who came to Florida to alert Trump regarding the failed talks the U.S. has had with North Korea in the past.
Both men discussed the matter on Tuesday alongside the top aides of the national security. The discussions on Wednesday were focused on trade policies, with the possibility of excluding Japan from the new tariff policies on aluminum and steel imports imposed by the U.S.
Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump enjoyed playing golf at the Trump International Golf Club for around 5 hours in between the discussions. They strolled through the croquet lawn at Mar-a-Lago along with their wives on Tuesday before dinner.
President Donald Trump has, however, given a stern warning against the unfair trade practices and has promised to stand up for the workers in America.
“Hopefully that meeting will be a success and we are looking forward to it,” said President Donald Trump at a news conference. “We will be doing everything possible to make it a worldwide success.”
On the other hand, President Trump did offer concessions to Shinzo Abe, as he promised to raise the matter regarding the abduction of Japanese citizens during the summit he will be having with Kim.
“Abduction is a very important issue for me because it’s very important for your Prime Minister,” said Trump in Florida.
“Maximum pressure should be maintained,” said Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago. “President Trump and I were in full agreement.”
It has been revealed that earlier this month that Mike Pompeo had gone to North Korea to carry out preliminary talks with Kim.
President Trump tweeted the progress that Pompeo has made, “Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!”
When asked regarding the American citizens held in North Korea, President Trump said, “We’re fighting very diligently to get the three American citizens back. There’s a chance of having a good dialogue … we’re working very hard on that. We have come a long way with North Korea.”