Trump 'personally thinks lots of good things will come' from North Korea

Trump 'personally thinks lots of good things will come' from North Korea
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE on Monday morning said he “personally thinks lots of good things will come" from North Korea following a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“I personally think lots of good things will come with North Korea. I may be right. I may be wrong,” Trump told reporters after he and Abe spoke for about 17 minutes with translators in Tokyo. “There’s good respect built between the U.S. and North Korea. We’ll see what happens.”

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Trump also said he welcomed Abe trying to negotiate with Iran amid increasing tensions between Tehran and Washington, including the recent recall by the State Department of all non-emergency personnel in Iraq amid what the department said were unspecified threats from Iran-backed militants. Abe added that he wanted a “very candid and productive discussion.”

Earlier in Trump’s four-day visit to Japan, Trump tweeted that he was unconcerned about North Korean missile testing, tweeting Saturday, “I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me” about not getting the weapons, and saying he “smiled” at Kim’s characterization of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' MORE as “low IQ.”

Trump’s comments contradicted his national security adviser, John BoltonJohn BoltonEx-Trump adviser, impeachment witness Fiona Hill gets book deal Hannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon Congress has a shot at correcting Trump's central mistake on cybersecurity MORE, who told reporters in Tokyo, “U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from firing any ballistic missiles … in terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that.”

Earlier in the day, Trump became the first world leader to meet with Japan’s new emperor, Naruhito, who assumed office on May 1.