President Trump channeled his inner Borat on Friday as he claimed credit for the historic meeting between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea.
“Hopefully we’re going to have great success,” Trump said, echoing Sacha Baron Cohen’s famed fictional character.
“We’ll see what happens, but hopefully we’ll have great success,” he added.
Trump spoke hours after Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to visit south of the demarcation line between the two Koreas, meeting with President Moon Jae-in.
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The pair pledged in a joint statement to seek a formal end to the Korean War by year’s end and to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons.
Trump added that negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea are advancing and that the two sides have a list of potential meeting sites whittled down to “two or three sites.”
“We’re in total touch with both North Korea and South Korea,” he said. “We’ll be setting up a meeting very shortly. We have it broken down to probably two sites now, two or three sites, locations.”
Trump added that he has no concerns that the U.S. is “ going to be played” when it comes to peace talks with Pyongyang.
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Trump was joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House Friday as he weighed in on the Korean peninsula.
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Trump credited his own leadership for why talks will “be different” this time.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) agreed, adding that he believes Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize should a nuclear-free Korean peninsula be the end result of the talks.
“Donald Trump convinced North Korea and China he was serious about bringing about change. We’re not there yet, but if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize,” Graham said Friday on “Fox & Friends.”
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Graham added that he believes Trump’s heated rhetoric toward North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un helped bring the reclusive leader to the table.
“He has convinced North Korea you got two options — you can become a normal country or we will take you down if you keep trying to build missiles to hit the American homeland,” Graham said. “They believe in North Korea if he had to as a last resort, he would stop their nuclear program.”
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