President Donald Trump‘s confidence in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un keeping his promise to the U.S. seems to be dwindling as the president couldn’t give a solid answer on whether or not the foreign adversary has stopped their nuclear weapons program.
His answer, given in an ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos this week, is a far cry from Trump’s total confidence in Kim after their first meeting in 2018.
Trump sent a tweet after the meeting where he announced that North Korea was “no longer a nuclear threat.”
Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer – sleep well tonight!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
Trump somewhat admitted to Stephanopoulos this week that the statement might’ve been made prematurely. “Well, it could change,” Trump said, touting that there has been no nuclear a testing in the country, then quickly correcting himself to say that North Korea has been conductiung short-range missile tests.
“Now, I will let you know if it goes the other way,” Trump continued. “And it can, and it can happen instantly.”
On whether or not Trump believed that North Korea was done with its nuclear program, the president was unsure and unable to provide the “sleep well tonight!” confidence as he did last year:
Stephanopoulos: Do you think he’s still building nuclear weapons?
Trump: I don’t know. I hope not. He promised me he wouldn’t be. He promised me that he wouldn’t be testing.
Watch the video below:
Asked if he thinks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still building nuclear weapons, Pres. Trump tells @GStephanopoulos, “I don't know. I hope not. He promised me he wouldn't be.” https://t.co/JUw1uUCsE4 pic.twitter.com/UUkoTa2QJB
— ABC News (@ABC) June 17, 2019
At the end of the day, Trump still believes he has a good relationship with the foreign dictator.
“I believe he respects me,” the president said. “I get along with him really well. I think I understand him, and I think he understands me.”