Washington (CNN)When US President Donald Trump said last May he would be "honored" to meet Kim Jong Un, few would have guessed it might actually happen.
October 1999'Sort of wacko'
In an interview with the late Tim Russert on "Meet the Press," Trump said if he were president he would "negotiate like crazy" with North Korea. "The biggest problem this world has is nuclear proliferation," he said. "And we have a country out there — North Korea which is sort of wacko, not a bunch of dummies — and they are going out and they are developing nuclear weapons."
January 2000'Very bad people'
When campaigning for president in Minnesota, Trump reportedly said North Korea is "run by some very bad people."
Spring 2013Foreign policy criticism
In a series of tweets in spring 2013, Trump pushed for China to help the United States with North Korea.
North Korea is reliant on China. China could solve this problem easily if they wanted to but they have no respect for our leaders.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2013
In April of that same year, Trump criticized former President Barack Obama's approach to North Korean relations.
Where is the President? It is time for him to come on TV and show strength against the repeated threats from North Korea — and others.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2013
May 2014Trump says North Korea 'last place on Earth I want to go to'
Technically, Trump's first mention of North Korea on Twitter was in March 2013, when he referenced his NBC reality TV show "Celebrity Apprentice" and former basketball player Dennis Rodman (who appeared on the show). Rodman visited North Korea in 2013, where he met with Kim, who he called a "friend for life."
Our wild man Dennis Rodman, big in the news re North Korea, will be on and watching Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2013
Two days later, he tweeted again:
But one year later, Trump lashed out at Rodman on Twitter, this time insulting North Korea as well.
Crazy Dennis Rodman is saying I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Never discussed, no interest, last place on Earth I want to go to.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2014
In a follow-up tweet, he added:
Dennis Rodman was either drunk or on drugs (delusional) when he said I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Glad I fired him on Apprentice!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2014
September 2015'Maniac sitting there'
During the second GOP presidential debate in September of 2015, Trump called Kim a "maniac" without mentioning by name.
"Nobody ever mentions North Korea where you have this maniac sitting there and he actually has nuclear weapons and somebody better start thinking about North Korea and perhaps a couple of other places," he said. But certainly North Korea."