Trump: I'll Talk to Kim Jong Un
He'd also pressure China, renegotiate Paris climate accord
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2016 8:17 AM CDT
Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – President Obama has avoided talks with Kim Jong Un, but Donald Trump would unsurprisingly do things differently. "I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," he tells Reuters, adding he would pressure China to help put an end to Pyongyang's nuclear program if elected. China, at least, is on board. "China supports direct talks and communication between the United States and North Korea. We believe this is beneficial," a Foreign Ministry rep says. Hillary Clinton's camp, however, is flummoxed. "Let me get this straight: Donald Trump insults the leader of our closest ally [Britain's David Cameron], then turns around and says he'd love to talk to Kim Jong Un?" a rep says. "His approach to foreign policy makes no sense for the rest of us."

What else is on Trump's agenda? Well, he's "not a big fan" of the Paris climate accord, which he says is too kind to China and not kind enough to the US. "I will be looking at that very, very seriously, and at a minimum I will be renegotiating those agreements," Trump says. Reuters says the move would be a "major setback" to the accord. Trump also plans to dismantle most of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations established after the 2007 financial crisis, which Clinton argues would "leave middle-class families out to dry." Though he gives no specifics on how he'd handle Russia, Trump says he disapproves of Vladimir Putin's actions in eastern Ukraine, adding Putin's compliments won't butter him up. "The fact that he said good things about me doesn't mean that it's going to help him in a negotiation," Trump says.