“As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape, ” Trump says.
President Donald Trump called North Korea and its leader a “menace” on Thursday.
“As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape, ” Trump told reporters during a joint news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. “We’ re building our military rapidly. A lot of things have happened over the last short period of time. I’ ve been here for approximately 91 days. We’ re doing a lot of work. We’ re in a very good position.”
But the president wouldn’ t say whether he feels North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is mentally unstable and, therefore, unable to be reasoned with.
“I can’ t answer your question on stability, ” he said in response to the question. “I hope the answer is a positive one, not a negative one, but hopefully that will be something that gets taken care of.”
Trump, who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month at Mar-a-Lago, touted his relationship with the Chinese leader, whom he hopes will rein in North Korea.
“I actually told him, I said, ‘You’ll make a much better deal on trade if you get rid of this menace or do something about the menace of North Korea.’ Because that’s what it is, ” Trump said, referring to a past conversation with Xi about North Korea.
“It’s a menace right now, ” he continued. “So we’ ll see what happens.”
Trump’s rhetoric echoes a tweet the president blasted earlier this month. “Had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea, ” he wrote on April 12.

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