"I think I did the country a tremendous favor by firing him", said Trump.
Some of Trump's domestic critics condemned his decision to halt what the president calls "war games" with South Korea - using a pejorative term for military drills that United States officials have previously rejected.
President Donald Trump told Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, during last week's G7 summit in Canada that he'd ship him millions of Mexicans, a senior European Union official who was in the room told The Wall Street Journal. He declared the summit a success that would lead to denuclearization and he praised the North Korean leader, calling him "very talented". Marco Rubio (R-FL) for tweets he posted criticizing Kim, pointing out to him that they were out of step with the president, who has been "talking about Kim Jong Un as someone who appeared to be amusing, he's smart, the president has said of him". He speaks and his people sit up at attention.
USA military forces in South Korea are not subject to negotiations between North Korea and the United States because they are a matter for the U.S. In late April, Kim met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and agreed to jointly work on peacefully resolving long-standing bilateral tensions.
Separately, South and North Korea have said they will completely restore their military communication lines. That's a good thing for us, Trump said.
The U.S. offered certain security assurances, including the suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea, in exchange for a commitment from Kim to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The president said he gave Kim "a very direct number" and that the two leaders have the ability to communicate directly. Nobody thought we were going to get that. "I want my people to do the same", he added. "I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done".
"You don't understand sarcasm", he said to the press, after the interview.
"North Korea is an unimaginable country", she said.