President Donald Trump took a few questions from reporters as he sat down with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, in advance of a joint press conference at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Reporters seemed focused on North Korea — particularly a tweet Trump posted earlier today that indicated “possible progress” was being made in talks with the country as to making some sort of trade for them to end their development of nuclear weapons.
Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
When asked if he would actually sit down with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, he responded by saying “We’ll see what happens.”
He also commented on the progress peace talks have made in recent weeks.
“We have come certainly a long way, at least rhetorically, with North Korea,” he said.
“We’ll see what happens. We’ve been in a situation that should have been handled for a long time. For many, many years this should have been taken care of. It shouldn’t have been waited, but we’ll get it done.”
Trump also doubled down on the idea that the situation with North Korea should have been handled years ago.
“This should have been handled long ago. This should have been handled over many years by many different administrations. Not now. This is not the right time to handle it,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll go on the very beautiful, peaceful path. We’re prepared to go whichever path is necessary.”
The president also commended North Korea’s presence at the recent Winter Olympics.
“The Olympics was not going well, and when they came in, out of the blue, saying ‘we’d love to participate in the Olympics,’ it made the Olympics very successful,” he said. “I thought North Korea was terrific.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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