"Don't let anyone think anything different".
"I can now call him", Trump said to reporters on Friday, according to South Korea's Yonhap News. "I said, 'Why aren't we being reimbursed?" he said, responding to questions on the criticism he is facing on his decision to stop military exercises with South Korea.
But Trump later chastised a reporter who asked about the remark, saying he was "kidding" and the reporter didn't "understand sarcasm".
During the latter years of the previous administration, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accelerated his weapons development program, and the results were apparent during Trump's first year, when the North successfully tested intercontinental ballistic missiles able to range the continental US and a staged-thermonuclear bomb.
Standing on the North Lawn of the White House, Trump first spoke to a Fox News morning show about the 562-page report by the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Justice, which criticized how Comey handled the 2016 email probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
Part of Trump's agreement with Kim involves the repatriation of the bodies of several thousand U.S. servicemen, lying in North Korea since the Korean War was put on hold by ceasefire in 1953, a point that the president talked up several times on Friday. He noted that he gave Kim "a very direct number" and instructed him to "call me if he has any difficulties".
But the other aspect of the images that should be scrutinized is how we're seeing them, aired as part of a North Korea propaganda TV special.
He made the remarks when asked if the United States would like to accomplish major nuclear disarmament before Trump's first term, which will end in January 2021.
Trump said more important than what he called "the agreement" - "I have a good relationship with Kim Jong-un".
Delicate preparations for the on-again, off-again talks were apparently nearly thrown out of balance last Sunday, when an "antsy and bored" Trump tried to have his meeting with Kim brought forward by a day, according to The Washington Post, which cites two sources.
Immediately after his historic summit in Singapore with Kim on Tuesday, Trump announced he would halt U.S. We are afraid to sing, say, wear, or think what we want. The two met earlier this week to begin to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear program, a summit marked by what Trump said was friendly chemistry between them.
'One broadcast said: "He gave up so much,"' Trump vented.