Trump: 'I Don't Think I Have to Prepare Much' for Kim Summit - Page 3

And more big lines from president's appearance with Japan PM Shinzo Abe
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2018 4:23 PM CDT

  • Trump said he would "certainly" invite Kim to visit the United States if the summit goes well, but that he is also "totally prepared to walk" if things don't go well, noting that he "did it once before." As for where he would invite Kim, he said "maybe we'll start with the White House" rather than his private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Trump said that despite press reports, former NBA star Dennis Rodman isn't invited to the summit and that he won't be playing golf with Kim. Trump said of Rodman: "I like him. He's a nice guy. No, he was not invited."
  • He also addressed a mysterious oversized letter from Kim delivered by a top North Korean official last week. Trump said Thursday that the letter was "a very warm letter" and "very nice." He said it was "just a greeting" and "nothing other than" that. Trump had told reporters last week after his meeting with the official that the letter was "very interesting," but moments later said he actually hadn't read it.
  • Trump did note that though the meeting with Kim appears to be on, it is still subject to change. "I hope it continues on this track," though, he said. "If it does the world will be a very happy place." He said he hopes the meeting will be "very fruitful" and "exciting" and noted that it could lead to a "bright new future" for North Korea and the world.
  • He closed the news conference by paying tribute to the family of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who suffered brain damage while in North Korean custody and died days after he arrived back home in 2017. Trump pledged that Warmbier "has not died in vain."
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