President Trump issued a stunning rebuke to the Obama Administration in one of his first interviews since the historic North Korean meeting. Talking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he made it clear that the U.S. will not write checks just to make a deal come together. That’s when President Trump dropped this epic line saying, “we’re not paying $150 billion” to make a deal happen.
Former President Obama must be livid. Trump was referencing the Iran deal in which the U.S. lifted billions of dollars in sanctions to get a deal filled with holes through. President Trump withdrew from that deal earlier this year.
Here’s part of the transcript from the interview:
G: You’ve set the bar for nuclear agreements by criticizing the Iran nuclear deal, said it’s the worst deal ever made.
T: Terrible deal.
G: Does that mean that any deal with North Korea has to be tougher than the Iran deal?
T: I don’t think a deal could be softer. First of all, we’re not paying $150 billion, OK, we’re paying nothing from that standpoint other than, you will see what happens.
G: What other kinds of security guarantees did you offer, did you put on the table?
T: Well, we’ve given him, I don’t wanna talk about it specifically, but we’ve given him, he’s going to be happy. His country does love him. His people, you see the fervor. They have a great fervor. They’re gonna put it together, and I think they’re going to end up with a very strong country, and a country which has people — that they’re so hard working, so industrious. I think if you look at South Korea, someday, maybe in the not too distant future, it will be something that.
G: You say his people love him. Just a few months ago you accused him of starving his people. And listen, here’s the rub. Kim is a brutal dictator. He runs a police state, forced starvation, labor camps. He’s assassinated members of his own family. How do you trust a killer like that?
T: George, I’m given what I’m given, okay? I mean, this is what we have, and this is where we are, and I can only tell you from my experience, and I met him, I’ve spoken with him, and I’ve met him. And this was, as you know, started very early and it’s been very intense. I think that he really wants to do a great job for North Korea. I think he wants to denuke, it’s very important. Without that, there’s nothing to discuss. That was on the table at the beginning, and you see a total denuclearization of North Korea — so important. And, he wants to do the right thing. Now, with all of that being said, I can’t talk about — it doesn’t matter. We’re starting from scratch. We’re starting right now, and we have to get rid of those nuclear weapons.
Even two of the top Trump haters on television are singing Trump’s praises:
“I have to admit when I see these two people shaking hands I feel a sense of relief as do a lot of people in Washington, knowing how bleak the situation was six months ago.” — @JoeNBC pic.twitter.com/Cln8S0UZ7y
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) June 12, 2018
Check out the video of the interview here: