President Trump and Japan's Abe meet
President Trump said Thursday he doesn't plan any golf in Singapore, and that Dennis Rodman won't participate in his talks with Kim Jong Un.
"No," Trump said when asked if he would play golf as part of the summit. "I’d love to but no."
And questioned whether Dennis Rodman would play a role in talks, he responded similarly: "I like him. He’s a nice guy. But he’s not invited," Trump said.
President Trump said North Korea must relinquish its nuclear weapons as part of any deal to loosen US sanctions.
"They have to de-nuke," Trump said in the Oval Office. "If they don’t denuclearize it won’t be acceptable."
Trump added that the summit could extend beyond a single day: "One, two, three, depending on what happens," he said.
President Trump told reporters he is "very well prepared" for his Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un, but then said, "I don't think I have to prepare very much."
It's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done, but I think I've been preparing for this summit for a long time, as has the other side. I think they've been preparing for a long time also. So this isn't a question of preparation, it's a question of whether or not people want it to happen, and we'll know that very quickly.
President Trump said Thursday his upcoming talks with Kim Jong Un will amount to more than just a good picture.
The summit is "more than a photo-op," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office ahead of a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
He said the "summit is all ready to go" and that it could extend beyond a single day.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just arrived at the White House. He and President Trump will have a meeting and a working lunch before they hold a 2 p.m. press conference.
Japan's prime minister tweeted this morning that he's looking forward to visiting Trump at the White House.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded that he, too, was looking forward to fruitful talks — but appears to have selected the wrong tweet to quote.
Instead, his tweet referenced a Trump tweet attacking Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.
Abe has since deleted the tweet.
President Trump tweeted this morning that he's looking forward to Japan's Shinzo Abe White House visit today:
Abe will arrive at the White House at noon. The two leaders will have a meeting and a working lunch before holding a 2 p.m. press conference.