Trump asked South Korea's president to give him credit for talks with North: report

Trump asked South Korea's president to give him credit for talks with North: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to publicly give him credit for fostering peace talks between North Korea and Seoul, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Trump reportedly made the request during a phone call with the South Korean leader on Jan. 4, just days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced he’d be open to negotiations.

Trump took to Twitter later that day to take credit for the talks, saying he'd been “firm, strong and willing to commit our total ‘might’ against the North." 

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Roughly a week later, Trump said in a follow-up phone call with the South Korean leader that he’d be open to direct talks with North Korea. 

Moon said the same day that Trump deserved "big credit" for kickstarting talks between North and South Korea.

“I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks. I want to show my gratitude,” Moon said, according to reports. “It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure." 

Trump has in recent weeks argued that additional sanctions his administration imposed on North Korea led to Kim's openness to peace talks.

While tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been on the rise, North and South Korea appear to be moving toward a more amicable relationship.

Leaders from the two countries have engaged in talks for the first time in years, and North Korea said it will send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

--This report was updated at 12:12 p.m.