Trump: ‘Nothing bad can happen' from meeting with foreign leaders

Trump: ‘Nothing bad can happen' from meeting with foreign leaders
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE in a video released Saturday defended his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, arguing that "nothing bad can happen" from meeting with foreign leaders.

“I’ve said for a long time, if you’re president, you should meet with foreign leaders. You have nothing to lose and you have a lot to gain,” Trump said in the nearly minute-long clip shared on Twitter.

"Nothing bad can happen, it's only going to be positive, especially if your president knows what he's doing."

Trump mentioned his June meeting with Kim in Singapore, which he has attributed with North Korea's return of U.S. remains from the Korean War late last month. Trump met with Kim as part of a push by the Trump administration for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear stockpile.

While North Korea has not conducted any missile or nuclear tests since the summit, U.S. officials have acknowledged that there have been no public signs of denuclearization, the administration’s ultimate goal from the meeting.

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In the video shared Saturday, the president also touted his July meeting with Putin in Helsinki, saying “a lot of things were accomplished.” 

It is unclear what accomplishments the president is referring to from the Putin meeting, with lawmakers pushing in the wake of Trump's one-on-one meeting with the Russian leader for details on any potential agreements reached during the summit.

Trump sparked wide backlash in Helsinki after appearing to side with Putin's denial of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election over the assessment of his own intelligence officials. Trump later attempted to walk back his comments when he returned to Washington.

The president's comments Saturday about meeting with foreign leaders also come after he said last month that he would be willing to meet with Iranian leaders without preconditions, using very similar language to that used in the video.

“It’s good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world. No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet,” Trump said at a joint press conference with the Italian prime minister.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Graham knocks South Korea over summit with North Shrapnel in Yemen strikes links US-made bombs to 63 civilian deaths: report MORE later listed preconditions for an Iranian meeting.

“If the Iranians demonstrate a commitment to make fundamental changes in how they treat their own people, reduce their malign behavior, can agree that it's worthwhile to enter into a nuclear agreement that actually prevents proliferation, then the president said he's prepared to sit down and have the conversation with them,” he said on CNBC in July.