UPDATED 1:51 PM PT — Thurs. May 17, 2018
President Trump is continuing his efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula as he offers Kim Jong Un — “protections” — if he hands over his nuclear weapons.
The president made the comments Thursday while meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House.
He said he is willing to do a lot for Kim, and the best thing he could do is make a deal.
This comes as the president looks to quell concerns ahead of a planned June 12th summit.
He said the U.S. relationship with NATO is very good, and pointed out our partners have been increasing their defense spending by millions more than before.
During the meeting, the president also discussed China and ZTE.
“The United States has been ripped off for many, many years by its bad trade deals,” stated the president. “I don’t blame China, I blame our leadership of this country from the past.”
In addressing ZTE, he pointed out it is one of the largest companies in their field and engages in a lot of business with U.S. companies.
“We have been ripped off by China — an evacuation of wealth like no country has ever seen before, given to another country that’s rebuilt itself based on a lot of the money they’ve taken out of the United States, And that’s not going to happen anymore.”
–President Donald Trump