Speaking on Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated radio talk show Friday, former Arkansas Governor and two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said that the summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump, currently planned for Tuesday, was a “matter of self-preservation for Kim Jong Un” and that President Trump was introducing a new kind of diplomacy to the North Korea situation.
“I think he’d like to stay in power, and he knows that if he does not come to terms with a strong America and a strong president, he is not likely to be in power,” stated Gov. Mike Huckabee. “And all that his grandfather and father have tried to hand him is all, is all gone. So, it’s a matter of self-preservation for Kim Jong Un. And I think this president has shown that traditional approach to diplomacy, which has not been effective, needs to be tossed and try something different. So far this president is working.”
Sean Hannity and Gov. Mike Huckabee’s remarks came just days before President Donald Trump is set to meet with Kim Jong Un of North Korea at an unprecedented summit on Tuesday.
A transcript of Gov. Mike Huckabee’s exchange with Sean Hannity regarding North Korea can be seen below:
Sean Hannity: “Next week is going to be massive and historic. No matter what happens, governor, we’ve already had a so much in terms of accomplishments with North Korea. You know, nobody would have thought the hostages released, that one of the nuclear test sites would be dismantled, that he crossed the DMZ, that he’d stop firing rockets over Japan and threatening the entire region and Guam, and is willing to talk about denuclearization. So that’s huge, and then that’s on Tuesday. And then on Thursday we’ve got the IG report coming out.
“Let’s start with North Korea, and what a, what an opportunity to make a safer world. This is, it’s hopeful.”
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee: “Well this ongoing criticisms about his way of statecraft, truth is, the past has been about trying to be nicer to North Korea, hoping that they will respond to the kindness and denuclearize. This president says, ‘Let’s be tougher on ’em. Let’s expose them to maximum pressure and make it where they don’t have a choice but to come to the table and give up their nuclear weapons.’
“I think it’s pretty obvious which approach is, is working better. Now, there’s no guarantee that next week they’re gonna come away with the end of nuclear North Korea, but we are closer to it. This president has led us to a place where the North Koreans understand, President Trump is no chump. He’s not to be played. He cannot be taken for granted, and I think uh Kim Jong Un comes to that table fully understanding that—”
Hannity: “What do you think has motivated him, though? I mean—”
Huckabee: “He’s in trouble.”
Hannity: “[Indiscernable] His people are starving, but they— You know, I’ve always said you can’t win, win revolutions with slingshots, and nobody’s armed there. But I actually think the most revealing thing that Kim Jong Un has done, at this point, is he has purged and begun the process of purging old hard-liners. That, that would be the biggest sign that he’s now paving the way for a different and new Korea, North Korea
Huckabee: “I think he’d like to stay in power, and he knows that if he does not come to terms with a strong America and a strong president, he is not likely to be in power. And all that his grandfather and father have tried to hand him is all, is all gone. So, it’s a matter of self-preservation for Kim Jong Un. And I think this president has shown that traditional approach to diplomacy, which has not been effective, needs to be tossed and try something different. So far this president is working.”