Trump Tells Hannity: ‘Fire and Fury’ Rhetoric Made Me Feel ‘Foolish’

President Donald Trump sat down with Fox News’s Sean Hannity following his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and revealed that his “fire and fury” rhetoric from early this year was for show.

Hannity asked the president how Trump went from calling Kim “little rocket man” just months ago to the pair sitting down for a summit.

“Well, I think without the rhetoric we wouldn’t have been here,” Trump said. “I really believe that. We did sanctions and all of the things that you would do. I think without the rhetoric, you know, other administrations, I don’t want to get specific on that, but they had a policy of silence. If they said something very bad, very threatening and horrible, just don’t answer. That’s not the answer. That’s not what you have to do.”

“So I think the rhetoric — I hated to do it,” Trump continued. “Sometimes I felt foolish doing it. But we had no choice.”

Hannity told Fox & Friends that he asked the president if his rhetoric against Kim was “strategic” and that Trump replied that he “felt a little embarrassed about having to go out there so aggressively.”

Hannity’s full interview with Trump airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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