Trump reads excerpts from “Fire and Fury” for NK leaders in Singapore

I spent the last two weeks with Donald Trump, in the negotiating process with North Korea and in meetings with leaders from Mexico, South Korea, China, and Vietnam. Whether he’s sitting down with leaders from Singapore or Seoul or Beijing, he has one thing in common with these leaders — he has never been here before.

I’ve just returned from our first meeting with North Korea, where I brought him a signed copy of the book “Fire and Fury,” which was written about our negotiating process with North Korea. We are now engaged in a path to denuclearization.

I don’t have to tell you that this was not an easy meeting, and it wasn’t just difficult because of North Korea. I think it was difficult because of what happens — or what is happening — in our country.

We’re not going to social service our way out of poverty. We are not going to social service our way out of our national debt. And we are not going to social service our way out of environmental issues. We’re not going to social service our way out of job losses.

I will tell you, taking what I just said, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. It certainly doesn’t mean that it’s easy that we, as Americans, as one of the wealthiest nations in the world, can’t solve our most pressing problems, our most pressing challenges, our most pressing threats to national security and to our future.

So I can’t say it was easy. I said this morning, it was very difficult because I’ve been here before, I’ve met with him. The trade people from NAFTA have said we weren’t the very first to do it. We certainly weren’t. We’ve worked through a lot of issues.

Again, he really has never been here before. I don’t mean it’s awkward or that it was complicated. I’ve never seen a meeting where there was unanimous agreement until the very end. But it was incredibly difficult and — and it was very difficult because of where we are, and because of the challenges we face.

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