Despite Kim Jong-un’s record of lies and provocation, President Donald Trump believes the North Korean leader is trustworthy and “wants to do the right thing”, according to his interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.
"I do trust him, yeah," Trump said. "Maybe in a year you’ll be interviewing and I'll say I made a mistake. It's possible. We’re dealing at a high level, a lot of things can change a lot of things are possible.”
"Over my lifetime I've done a lot of deals with a lot of people and sometimes the people you most distrust turn out to be the most honorable ones and the people that you do trust turn out to be not the honorable ones," Trump said.
The two leaders met Sunday in Singapore for an historic summit, where intense negotiations and talk of denuclearization took place.
"We have the framework for getting ready to denuclearize," Trump said. "He's de-nuking the whole place. I think he's going to start now."
Trump seemed to hold an optimistic take on Kim's intentions, saying that the dictator "really wants to do something I think terrific for their country."
Questioned on his shift from criticizing Kim – who has committed egregious human rights violations – Trump said, “George, in given what I'm given.”
“I can only tell you from my experience, and I’ve met him, I've spoken with him. I’ve met him. And this is, this has started early and it's been very intense. I think that he really wants to do a great job for North Korea.”
The president seems certain that Kim's words were genuine and he is not being played by the dictator.
“I think he wants to de-nuke, without that, there's nothing to discuss. It was on the table from the beginning, and you see a total denuclearization of North Korea – so important."