Trump Suggests White House Visit for Kim Jong-Un If Summit Goes Well

By Melanie Arter | June 7, 2018 | 7:31 PM EDT

President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

( - If all goes well with the upcoming U.S.-North Korean summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will be invited to the White House, President Donald Trump said Thursday.

During a joint White House press briefing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the president was asked under what conditions would he walk away from the summit, and if the June 12th summit went well whether he would invite Kim Jong-Un to the U.S.

“Well, the answer is yes to the second part of your question, but certainly if it goes well, and I think it would be well received. I think he would look at it very favorably. So I think that could happen,” Trump said.

“Sir, if you do invite him to the White House -- or to the United States, would it be here at the White House or at Mar-a-Lago?” a reporter asked.

“Maybe we'll start with the White House,” the president said.

“All I can say is I am totally prepared to walk away. I did it once before. You have to be able to walk away. If you're not going to be able to walk away -- we didn't walk away from the horrible Iran deal that was signed,” Trump said.

“And if you look at what's happened since I signed that deal, Iran -- and in all fairness, I say it with great respect for the people of Iran -- but Iran is acting a lot differently. They're no longer looking so much to the Mediterranean. They're no longer looking so much to what's going on in Syria, what's going on in Yemen and lots of other places. They're a much different country over the last three months,” he said.

“And again, I say that with hope that maybe something can happen, but when you mention sanctions, we're putting sanctions on Iran, the likes of which nobody has ever seen before, including, frankly, North Korea. That would have been the next phase, if we did it or find it necessary to do, but nuclear to me is always first, and we're going to be fine, with respect to Iran,” the president said.

Iran has “a much, much different group of leaders,” he said, “and I hope at some point they'll come to us, and we'll sit down, and we'll make a deal that's good for them and good for us and good for everybody, and it will be great for Iran. I expect it to be -- I want it to be great for Iran,” Trump said.

Trump said he is “totally prepared to walk” away from the summit. “Maybe it won't be necessary. I hope it won't be necessary to walk, because I really believe that Kim Jong Un wants to do something that is going to be great for his people and also great for his family and great for himself,” he added.

The president also said he is hopeful that he can normalize relations with North Korea if the summit is successful.

“Normalizing relations is something that I would expect to do, I would hope to do, when everything is complete. We would certainly hope to do that,” Trump said.



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