Hannity defends Trump ending Kim summit early, says media should read ‘The Art of the Deal’

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday backed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE’s decision to walk away from the negotiating table with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Hannity, speaking from Hanoi, Vietnam, said that members of the media should read Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal” to truly “understand” the president’s tactics.


“I see this about the news media all the time,” Hannity said. “If they would just maybe take a little bit of time and try and understand President Trump a little bit more — maybe they could read ‘The Art of the Deal,’ one of the best-selling business books in history.”

“What does he say in there? If you want to be a great businessperson, up to the last second in any deal, you gotta be able to stand up and walk away and not want it too much,” Hannity said.

Hannity, a strong supporter of the president, said that Trump was “clear” ahead of the summit that he “prefers a good deal, and if it takes time, it takes time.”

“The president won’t do a bad deal, that’s a good thing for the American people,” Hannity said. “My prediction in the end I think it’s going to work out very well because the relationship has been built, and it takes time.”

Trump abruptly ended his second summit with the North Korean leader early without reaching an agreement on denuclearization.

The president said in a press conference that North Korea wanted U.S. sanctions lifted entirely before agreeing to denuclearize.

“Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that,” Trump said. “They were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas we wanted, but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions for that.”

Trump defended his decision to walk away, saying that “speed is not important” in reaching a deal with North Korea.

"Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times," he said.