Trump: I trust Kim and he trusts me

President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE said on Tuesday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un share a mutual trust in one another, after the two leaders met for the first time in Singapore.

"He trusts me, I believe. I really do," Trump told ABC News's George Stephanopoulos in an interview. "I mean, he said openly, and he said it to a couple of reporters that were with him that he knows that no other president ever could have done this."

"He knows who we had in front of me. He said no other president could have done this," Trump continued. "I think he trusts me, and I trust him."


The summit between Trump and Kim was the first between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader, and follows decades of tensions between the two countries.

But Trump appeared confident that Kim is willing to comply with U.S. demands to give up his country's nuclear ambitions, and talked about North Korea's economic potential should it seek to ease tensions with Washington. 

Still, Trump's praise for Kim was unusual for a U.S. president. American officials have historically avoided speaking warmly about North Korean leaders, because of the country's notoriously poor human rights record and frequent threats toward the U.S. and its allies, particularly South Korea and Japan.

Trump suggested in his interview with Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, however, that Kim is an "honorable" leader and that the two men share a "very good relationship."

"I've done a lot of deals with a lot of people, and sometimes the people that you most distrust turn out to be the most honorable ones, and the people that you do trust, they are not the honorable ones," Trump said. "So we are starting from a very high plane. We’re starting from a very good relationship."