President Donald Trump says he won’t be played like his predecessors when it comes to North Korea.
‘This isn’t like past administrations. We don’t play games,’ Trump said.
The president said he doesn’t believe that North Korea’s dictator is playing him, anyway.
‘I don’t think he’s playing, no. I don’t think he’s playing,’ Trump told a reporter in the Oval Office. ‘It’s never gone like this. It’s never gone this far. I don’t think it’s ever had this enthusiasm for them wanting to make a deal.’
Trump wouldn’t say at a news conference whether he had personally spoken to Kim. ‘I don’t want to comment on that,’ he asserted. ‘But we have a very good working relationship.’
He said that he does feel a personal responsibility to broker a deal with Kim, if he can, and not just because he promoted himself as a deal-maker when he ran for office but because he is the leader of the free world.
‘I think the responsibility has fallen on the shoulders of the President of the United States, ‘ he said. ‘I think I have a responsibility to see if I can do it.’
He added: ‘And if I can’t do it, it’ll be a very tough time for a lot of countries, and a lot of people. It’s certainly something that I hope I can do for the world.’