Trump says he would “absolutely” engage in talks with North Korea

During a weekend a meeting with key congressional leaders at Camp David, US President announced Saturday he would “absolutely” engage in phone conversations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump addressed reporters about his administration’s 2018 legislative agenda while at a retreat with Republican congressional leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, and senior administration officials such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, among others.

Trump administration officials insisted there must be preconditions to talks with North Korea, but on Saturday, Trump suggested otherwise.

“Sure, I always believe in talking,” Trump said, when asked if he would speak on the phone with the North Korean leader.

“Absolutely, I would do that,” he added.

His comments come just days after US Ambassador to the United States Nikki Haley dismissed talks between North and South Korea and issued a stern warning to Pyongyang that the US would never accept its nuclear program.

Trump also renewed his pledge that a border wall will be built and Mexico will somehow pay for it.

The White House has reportedly requested USD 18 billion in border wall funding from Congress as part of a deal to provide protection to beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“The wall’s going to happen or we’re not going to have DACA,” Trump said

Source: Kuwait News Agency