President Trump on North Korea, China, Trade, Currency Manipulation, and Immigration Enforcement
President Trump spoke with Fox News correspondent Ainsley Earhardt to answer questions on a host of issues currently making headlines.
On a military strike against North Korea
I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking. I’m not like other administrations where they say, ‘We’re going to do this in four weeks’. It doesn’t work that way.
We’ll see what happens. I hope things work out well. I hope there’s going to be peace. But you know, they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time. You read [Bill] Clinton’s book. He said ‘we made such a great peace deal’, and it was a joke.
You look at different things over the years with President Obama. Everybody has been outplayed.
They’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman, and we’ll see what happens. I just don’t telegraph my moves.
On whether he has softened his stance toward China
I didn’t soften my stance.
What am I going to do, start a trade war with China in the middle of him [ Chinese president Xi Jinping ] working on a bigger problem frankly with North Korea.
I have great respect for him [ Xi Jinping ]. We’ll see what he can do. Now maybe he won’t be able to help. That’s possible. I think he’s trying. But maybe he won’t be able to help, and that’s a whole different story. So we’ll see what happens.
In the middle of him talking with North Korea, I’m going to hit them with currency manipulation?
Many coal ships have been sent back. Fuel is being sent back. They’re not dealing [ with North Korea ] the same way. Nobody has ever seen it like that. Nobody has ever seen such a positive response on our behalf from China. And then the fake media goes, ‘Donald Trump has changed his stance on China’. I haven’t changed my stance.
China’s trying to help us. I don’t know that they’re going to be able to or not, but would I want to start heavy, heavy trade or currency manipulation statements against somebody that’s out there right now trying to stop what could be a very bad situation?