Trump on Meeting With Kim Jong Un: "Who Else Could Do It?"

At a campaign rally for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone on Saturday evening, President Trump praised his own role in agreeing to have talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He said that Japan was "very happy" with what he is doing on North Korea and said he hopes Kim really wants to make peace. "Who else could do it?" Trump asked. "I mean, honestly, when you think." "I think it is time, and I think we have shown great strength, so important." <blockquote>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It is not easy, that Washington D.C., has a lot of evil there, but we are getting it out, step by step. A lot of evil. A lot of bad people. A lot of bad people. A lot of fake media. Look at them. A lot of fake media. Fake, fake media. You know it's funny, I don't know if you saw it, but we've had a problem for years with North Korea. In fact, President Obama said it was the biggest problem we had. And South Korea went there. We put very, very strong sanctions and lots of other things we have been doing right from the first day I was in office. And South Korea came to my office after having gone to North Korea, and seeing Kim Jong-un -- [crod boos] No, no, it's very positive. After the meeting you may do that, but now we have to be very nice, because let's see what happens. Let's see what happens. So the South Korean top people, top representatives, they walked out to the White House to a throng of these characters, big, big group. And everybody wanted to find out ha happened. Now, what happened. And they had just left North Korea. Look, North Korea is tough. They are testing nuclear weapons. They are doing a lot of things. This should have been handled over the last 30 years, by the way, not now. This should have been handled, and everybody will say it, too. But that's okay. Because that's what we do. We handle things. And these guys came out, and they said that your president has done a great job, I might say. But -- well, I'll tell you we did a great job on the Olympics. President Moon of South Korea said without Donald Trump the Olympics would have been a total failure. That's true. True. Might as well say it. Nobody else is going to say it, right? Might as well say it. It's a little hard to sell tickets when you think you are going to be nuked. But when North Korea called and said they wanted to be in the Olympics, everybody said let's get tickets and go. I would have gone. It was great to see North Korea going and celebrating. It was unity and it was a really nice thing. But when the South Korean representatives who just left North Korea came outside, big throng of press, they announced Kim Jong-un would like to meet with President Trump. This doesn't happen. Well, they say well, Obama could have done that. Trust me, he wouldn't have done it. By the way, neither would Bush or Clinton. And they had their shot and all they did was nothing. Well, Clinton gave away billions and billions of dollars. And as soon as they made the deal, the following day they started working on making more nukes. Okay. So that is not the great deal.</blockquote>