Trump said to reporters, “I think I’m very well prepared,” during his meeting with Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister. “I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude. It’s about willingness to get things done.”
Pres. Trump on preparation for summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: “I think I’m very well prepared, I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude, it’s about willingness to get things done.” https://t.co/Nyx6WYLv2G pic.twitter.com/rZyctbdSRE
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Trump said the June 12 summit with Kim held in Singapore will certainly be “much more than a photo op,” claiming it will be “fruitful” and “exciting.”
The unqualified president also suggested that he could have a second round of discussions with the North Korean dictator to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program.
Trump set out the terms for a nuclear deal with Kim, a possibility that the several past presidents failed to achieve.
“They have to denuke, if they don’t denuclearize, that will not be acceptable,” Trump said. “We cannot take sanctions off — the sanctions are extraordinarily powerful. And I could add a lot more, but I’ve chosen not to do that at this time.”
Shinzo Abe’s government asked for the meeting with Donald Trump so they could put together a unified strategy and mention concerns about the June 12 meeting, including the problem of North Korea’s increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile program and their abduction of innocent Japanese citizens.
National security experts worry about Trump’s lack of preparation for the meeting with Kim, saying he might be put into a defensive situation in the talk with Kim.
Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State led the planning of the summit and informed reporters later that Trump gets “daily briefings” from the national security team before the talks. But the role of John Bolton, the national security adviser, has been limited and it is not clear how much other counseling Trump has asked for.
“I am very confident the president will be fully prepared when he meets with his North Korean counterpart,” claimed Pompeo, seemingly underestimating President Trump’s severe incompetence and lack of foreign policy experience.