Sunday, June 30, 2019


Office of the Press Secretary

Outside the Inter-Korean House of Freedom
3:47 P.M. KST

     Q    How do you feel?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I feel great.  It's a great honor to be here.

     Q    Chairman Kim, how do you feel?

     CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  President Trump has just walked across the demarcation line.  That made him the first U.S. President to visit our country.

     I believe just looking at this action, this is an expression of his willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I just want to say that this is my honor.  I didn’t really expect it.  We were in Japan for the G20.  We came over and I said, "Hey, I'm over here.  I want to call up Chairman Kim."  And we got to meet.  And stepping across that line was a great honor.  A lot of progress has been made.  A lot of friendships have been made.  And this has been in particular a great friendship.  So I just want to thank you.  That was very quick notice, and I want to thank you.

     So we're going to go inside.  We're going to talk for a little while about different things.  And a lot of really positive things are happening, and I'm glad you could be here to see it.  But tremendous positivity.  Really great things are happening and -- in a lot of places.  But we met and we liked each other from day one, and that was very important.
Thank you, everybody.  Thank you.

     Q    Would you invite him to the U.S.?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I would invite him right now -- to the White House.  Absolutely.

     (President Trump and Chairman Kim continue a private conversation with President Moon.)

     PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  I'd really like to pay my tribute to the efforts of you two.  You have really made a historic moment today.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  I think it is.  And it's a great day for a lot of people.  It's a great day, really, for the world, if you think about it.  Beyond North Korea, South Korea, it's a great day for the world and it's an honor for me to be here.  Thank you both very much.
     PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  The two leaders have just presented such a big hope to the 80,000 Korean people as well as to the whole world.  So I do look forward to great progress being made in your subsequent dialogue.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I want to thank everybody.  Thank you all for being here.

     I have to say that when I first became President of the United States, there was great conflict in this area.  Great, great conflict.  And now we have just the opposite.  And it's my honor.  And it's the Chairman's honor, I can say.  We work well together.  And, Mr. President, thank you.

     CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  I would like to also take this opportunity to express my gratitude for all your assistance in having such a good opportunity.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  Thank you all.

                         END        3:53 P.M. KST



Office of the Press Secretary

DFAC Flag Pole - Joint Security Area
Paju-si, Republic of Korea


3:19 P.M. KST

     PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.)  I would like to thank you for all your dedication and effort.  You are indeed standing at the forefront of the spark where you are safeguarding peace and freedom of the Republic of Korea.

     This is actually the first time in history that the President of the Republic of Korea and the President of the United States has visited this demilitarized zone in history.

     And today, this afternoon, we have a more dramatic event that awaits us.  And I'd like to thank President Trump for making such a bold decision.

     And now, the Joint Security Area is being transformed from the symbol of confrontation and hostilities to the symbol of peace.  And all of you are actually witnesses to this great change.

     And the very person who has actually brought this great change about is, of course, President Trump.  He is the proud President of all of you.  (Applause.)
              PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So, I want to thank you very much.  You're a very special group of people.  I just look at you, look how healthy and how strong and how good.  And we really appreciate it.  We appreciate it very much.

     So this was a scheduled visit from a number of months ago.  We went from the G20, and I promised your President, President Moon, who is a friend of mine -- I said, "We have to see the DMZ."  And so this was scheduled for a long time ago.

     And then, yesterday, I had the idea, "Maybe I'll call Chairman Kim and see if he wants to say hello."  So we didn't give him much notice, but we've become -- we respect each other.  We respect each other.  Maybe even like each other.  And he's agreed to meet.  And I'm going to meet him in about four minutes.  So I'm going to cut my speech a little bit short, other than to say you are terrific people.  You've done a fantastic job.  And we're with you all the way.  You know that.

     What do you have over there?  That looks good.  (Laughter.)

     GENERAL ABRAMS:  Yeah.  (Laughs.)  Mr. President, we have a small token of appreciation in recognition of your visit here in the Republic of Korea.  We're grateful for your leadership -- you and President Moon -- and all that you do for the ROK-U.S. alliance.  And so we have a small token of appreciation.
     Everyone knows you're a golfer.  And there's some golfers in the room.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Oh?  Who's a golfer?  Huh?  (Laughter.)

     GENERAL ABRAMS:  So we got you a -- we're hopeful -- I know you get a lot of gifts, but we're hoping that this one is one that might find some utility for you on one of your golf courses.

     So, it's got your name stenciled on there.  It's got all three of our commands: United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I'll use it.

     GENERAL ABRAMS:  And, of course, this is the most important thing, because our motto here in Korea is, "We Go Together."  Katchi Kapshida.  And so we'll hope that when you wear this on the golf course, that you'll think about the strength and the enduring nature of our ROK-U.S. alliance.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.
     GENERAL ABRAMS:  Mr. President, thank you very much.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I'll be thinking about you.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  That's great.  (Applause.)

     LIEUTENANT COLONEL MORROW:  At this point, we're going to actually have you shake a couple hands of some of our heroes.

                            END     3:24 P.M. KST



Office of the Press Secretary

Inter-Korean House of Freedom

3:57 P.M. KST
     CHAIRMAN KIM:  (In progress.)  (As interpreted.)  It's always special and I want to thank you (inaudible) for having me.   

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I want to thank you.  Because (inaudible.)  It was great.  Look, I mean, the world is watching, and it’s very important for the world.

     CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  And also, the place of our meeting is special.  That is why it rose the occasion of so many people.

     Some people think as if this meeting was prearranged through the letters you have sent me.  But myself was surprised yesterday morning when you expressed a willingness to meet with me here, and also when we got the official confirmation late yesterday afternoon.

     And also, (inaudible) to meet with you again.  And this place of our meeting is a symbol of the separation between the North and South, and also a reminder of unfortunate past.  And as the two countries, we share a long unfortunate past, meeting at such place shows that we are willing to put an end to the unfortunate past and also open a new future and provide positive opportunities in the future.

     If it was not for our excellent relation between the two of us, it would not have been possible to have this kind of opportunity.  So I would like to use this strong relation to create more good news, which nobody expects (inaudible), and also to propel the good relations between our countries (inaudible).

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, I want to thank you, Chairman.  You hear the power of that voice.  Nobody has heard that voice before.  He doesn’t do news conferences, in case you haven’t heard.  And this was a special moment.  This is, I think, really -- as President Moon said, this is a historic moment, the fact that we’re meeting.

     And I want to thank Chairman Kim for something else.  When I put out the social media notification, if he didn’t show up, the press was going to make me look very bad.  So you made us both look good, and I appreciate it.

     But we’ve developed a great relationship.  I really think that, if you go back two and half years, and you look at what was going on prior to my becoming President, it was a very, very bad situation -- a very dangerous situation for South Korea, for North Korea, for the world.

     And I think the relationship that we’ve developed has meant so much to so many people.  And it’s just an honor to be with you, and it was an honor that you asked me to step over that line.  And I was proud to step over the line.  I thought you might do that; I wasn’t sure.  But I was ready to do it.  And I want to thank you.  It’s been great.  It’s been great.

     A very historic meeting.  We were just saying -- one of the folks from the media was saying this could to be a very historic moment, and I guess that’s what it is.  But I enjoyed being with you, and thank you very much.

                              END   4:01 P.M. KST


Office of the Press Secretary

Blue House
Seoul, Republic of Korea

11:14 A.M. KST

     PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. President, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to visit Korea again after the G20 Summit -- as well as your summit meetings with various other leaders, including China -- in spite of a plethora of issues that demand you attention, both at home and abroad.  But on behalf of the Korean people, I would like to send a warm welcome to you.

     Yesterday, through the tweets that you sent, you actually presented a big hope to everyone, in particular a big hope to the Korean people here.  And when I was looking at that tweet, I could really feel that the flower of peace was truly blossoming on the Korean Peninsula.

     If you -- Mr. President, if you could meet Chairman Kim at the military demarcation line and have a handshake with him, I believe that that picture, in itself, would represent a historic event.  And also, this would be a significant milestone, in terms of the peace process on the Korean Peninsula that we are -- the peace process that we are trying to achieve: complete denuclearization and permanent peace.

     So I will be of course accompanying you to the DMZ, but today, that is, a focus of the dialogue will be of course between you and Chairman Kim.  So I do -- I hope that you will be able to achieve great progress in the dialogue with Chairman Kim.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  Well, I’d just like to thank President Moon for the beautiful evening last night.  We celebrated our friendship and we celebrated the new trade deal that we made very recently that went into effect on January 1st, which is a great testament to the relationship of the United States and South Korea.

     I also want to thank your First Lady.  She has a tremendous spirit and vitality, and a tremendous love for your country.  I said that to the President.  First thing I said was how impressive the First Lady was, and -- a great woman.  A great woman.  So I just hope you tell her that.

     I just had a meeting with the business leaders of South Korea.  And these are not only business leaders here, they’re business leaders throughout the world.  They are among the greatest businesspeople anywhere in the world.  We went through a lot -- Lotte, Samsung -- so many that are so -- Hyundai -- so many that are so respected.

     And we talked and we had a fairly short meeting, unfortunately.  I wish it could have been longer.  But these are very, very highly respected -- no matter where you go in the world, they’re among the greatest in the world.  And you have them right here in South Korea.

     I think I could say, with great confidence, that our relationship with South Korea has never been stronger or better.  We have a -- just a very good feeling.  There’s a good chemistry between the leaders of both countries.  And Secretary Pompeo is here -- Secretary of State.  Mike Bolton -- John Bolton is here.  And John was very instrumental in some of the things we did yesterday -- some of the meetings we had.  And I want to thank you for that.  And, Mike, I want to thank you for that.

And Mr. Ambassador, Harry, you love this country and that’s so evident, and that’s a great thing.  So thank you very much for being here.  We appreciate it.

     So, as most of you know -- I assume all of you know, otherwise I guess you wouldn’t be doing what you do -- we left Japan yesterday; we were at the G20.  Prime Minister Abe did a fantastic job.  President Moon was there also.  And they really did a great job.  And a lot of the leaders got together.  I was with many leaders from different countries.  I have great relationships with all.

The very interesting meeting, I think, was with China.  And we’re moving along toward a reciprocal but a good trade deal -- a fair trade deal.  And we’ll see where that goes, but we had a very, very -- good feelings with President Xi and myself.

     So we got here late last night, and we’ve been working from that time forward.  And I will say, the treatment that we’ve been given by President Moon and the First Lady has been absolutely fantastic.  And, as you know, a long-planned visit to the DMZ -- I’ll be doing that in a little while.  And I look forward to that.

And there’s a possibility that we’ll be meeting Kim Jong Un.  And there’s a possibility that -- it’s going to be very interesting.  I don’t know -- they want to do it.  Chairman Kim wants to do it.  I’d like to do it.  It’s very complicated, from the standpoint of logistics and security and lots of other reasons.  But both teams are working very hard.  And South Korea is working also on trying to implement it.  But I think it would be good.

Kim Jong Un has been somebody that we’ve gotten along with.  When I first became President, what was happening during
our previous -- the previous administration was very bad for South Korea and very bad for North Korea, frankly.  There was a lot of bad things happening.  And it’s changed very, very rapidly.  And it’s very positive.  There are a lot of positive things going on right now.

     And just in finishing up, I think I can say with great conviction that North Korea and South Korea are both in much better places right now than they were two and half years ago when I became President.  There was tremendous danger.  Tremendous danger.  You people know it well.  You know it better than I do because you had to suffer through it for a long time.  A lot of progress has been made.  I watched some of the news -- fake news; it’s only fake news -- and they said, “Well, what’s been done.”  Well, it’s like the difference between day and night.

     Our ambassador, Harry, was saying on the way in that, when you first got here, there were sirens going off and tests being made, and everybody was practicing for, obviously, a horrible event, and it was really scary.  And he said the difference is so great.

     So when I hear, you know, some of these fakers -- some of these people that aren’t honest reporters -- say, “Well, what has Trump done?”  We’ve done a lot.  We’re a lot safer today.  And South Korea is a lot safer and North Korea is a lot safer; it’s good for both.  And it’s really -- maybe, just as important -- it’s good for the world.
     So we’re very proud of what we’ve done.  And I have plenty of time and we’re in no rush, but it’s a lot different than it was two and a half years ago.  It’s a difference like few people can even imagine.

     So it’s an honor to have helped.  It’s a great country.  I want to thank, again, President Moon.  And, really, we’re very proud of all of the things we’ve done together, and -- both on the military and peace, but also on trade and other things.  The relationship has never been stronger.

Thank you very much.

                              END                 11:28 A.M. KST



Office of the Press Secretary

Blue House
Seoul, Republic of Korea

1:09 P.M. KST

     PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  I extend my warmest welcome to President Trump to the Republic of Korea.  Today, the Korean Peninsula, together with President Trump, has become the land that is most noted on Earth.

Since the Declaration of Armistice, in 66 years time, the United States and North Korea will be meeting in ‎Panmunjom.  For the first time in history, the leaders of the United States and North Korea will be standing face to face in Panmunjom, the symbol of division, and make handshakes for peace.

If we continue to communicate and engage each other in dialogue, we can move towards the best situation.  This is something that we'll be able to see for ourselves today.  South and North will be able to become confident about peace, and the world will provide their support and cheer on President Trump and Chairman Kim with high expectations.

     What we need here is enduring peace on the Korean Peninsula.  I hope that President Trump will go down in history as a President that has achieved peace on the Korean Peninsula.  Peace requires more courage than conflict.

     I would like to extend my appreciation to the two leaders for being so brave, and I am very overwhelmed with emotions because we have been able to prove a way towards peace for the Korean Peninsula.

     Continuous dialogue is the only viable option for achieving complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  Today, President Trump and I have reaffirmed that we're absolutely on the same page when it comes to denuclearization and that we share common goals.

     In particular, as complete denuclearization and peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula, and normalization of U.S.-DPRK relations were the goals committed to in the Singapore Agreement, we concur that implementing this agreement simultaneously and in parallel will be vitally important.

     To that end, I hope the dialogue between the U.S. and DPRK will resume as early as possible.  And I hope that there will be progress made between the leaders of the two countries, together with the people of the Republic of Korea.

     And not only the security for the ROK-U.S. alliance has become a comprehensive strategic alliance that strengthens cooperation in not only security but also economic, region, and global issues.  Such steadfast ROK-U.S. alliance is working as the lynchpin for regional peace, stability, and prosperity.  And we have decided to continue in close coordination.

     As President Trump has said, I believe that this is a victory for both countries, as we have established an institutional framework with the KORUS FTA Amendment.  Today, our two leaders have agreed to further accelerate the momentum to expand trade and investments and further expand the KORUS alliance to a mutually reciprocal economic alliance, as well.  In regional and global issues as well, our two countries will continue to work very closely together as strong allies.

     The Asia Pacific region is a core region for peace and prosperity for both countries.  Under the regional cooperation principles of openness, inclusiveness, and transparency, I believe this creates New Southern Policy, and the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy can find common ground.

     Recently, we have shared in our concerns related to the attack on the oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the escalation of tension in the Middle East.  Freedom of passage and freedom of transit in the Gulf of Oman is very important for the stability of the Middle East and security of international energy.

     I have high regard for the careful restraint showed by President Trump.  But we have agreed to closely cooperate for stability in the Middle East.  President Trump and I will not forget the history and the spirits of a great alliance.  Our two countries will work very closely in cooperation as strong allies.

With this visit to the Republic of Korea, we have once again reaffirmed our common objectives and strategies.  And I'm very glad and heartened by this.  Going forward, we will continue to work very closely together and be frank and open in our discussions and communications to strongly solidify and develop the ROK-U.S. alliance.

President Trump is the maker of peace on the Korean Peninsula.  You really are the peacemaker of the Korean Peninsula.  I hope that this meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Panmunjom will bring hope to the people of South and North Korea, and that it will be a milestone in the history of humankind towards peace.

Again, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to President Trump to Korea.  Our friendship will continue to grow deeper and greener as the leaves of early summer.  Thank you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  I'm just going to make a very short statement because we're going to the DMZ border, and I'll be meeting with Chairman Kim.  I look forward to it very much.  I look forward to seeing him.  We've developed a very good relationship.  And we understand each other.  I do believe he understands me, and I think I maybe understand him.  And sometimes that can lead to very good things.

I want to start by just thanking President Moon and, very importantly, First Lady Moon, who's a very special woman, a very special spirit.  She loves your country very much, as does President Moon.  And we had a great dinner last night, together, and spent a large part of the morning discussing lots of different things, including trade and military, frankly, and many other items.

But I thought I would just mention that when we came here, our great ambassador -- we arrived last night -- our great ambassador, who's here someplace -- Harry -- was talking about the turmoil going on because of the level of -- it was the vitriol.  A level of vitriol that was happening between North and South.  But it was North, to a large extent, where there was a lot of risk and a lot of threat, and a lot of bad things were happening.  That was before I became President.

And as you know -- and the media knows very well because they covered it, frankly, very well and very fairly -- at the beginning, there was a lot of anger between myself and Kim Jong Un, who since -- something happened.  There was a point at which it happened, and all of a sudden, we get along.

And I figured that when I was in Japan, where they hosted a fantastic G20 -- and I want to just thank Prime Minister Abe because he really -- they did a fantastic job, and a lot of good things came out of that.  A lot of good meetings with other countries, I can tell you, from the standpoint of the United States.

But we decided to come here a while ago, as part of going to the G20; I promised President Moon.  And then, yesterday, I was just thinking, "Hey, I'm here.  Let's see whether or not we can say hello to Kim Jong Un."  And I put out the word, and he got back, and he wanted to do it from the beginning and so did I.

But there's a lot of good feeling.  You know, when sometimes the media will say, "Gee, what's happened?"  Well, they know what's happened.  What's happened is there was nuclear testing, there was ballistic missile testing.  They had hostages of ours, as you know.  Very tough situation.  And now we're getting back our remains.  We got back the hostages.  There's been no ballistic missile tests.  And there's been no nuclear tests.

And South Korea is a whole different place.  And Japan.  Prime Minister Abe was telling me Japan is a whole different place.  They had missiles going over Japan on a very constant basis.  You know that very well.

So I hate to hear the media, you know, give false information to the public when they say, "Oh, what's been done?"  What's been done?  A lot has been done.  And there's also a good feeling.  I can tell you, on behalf of President Moon, he feels much better about even Chairman Kim.  I mean, he feels much better.

They couldn’t have meetings.  Nobody was going to meet.  President Obama wanted to meet, and Chairman Kim would not meet him.  The Obama administration was begging for a meeting.  They were begging for meetings constantly.  And Chairman Kim would not meet with him.

     And for some reason, we have a certain chemistry, or whatever.  Now, let's see what happens.  We have a long way to go.  But I'm in no rush.  The sanctions are on and I'm in no rush.  I'm in no rush with Iran.  I'm never in a rush.  If you're in a rush, you get yourself in trouble.

So, I just want to say that we're going to be heading out to the DMZ, and it's something I planned long ago but had the idea yesterday to maybe say hello, just shake hands quickly and say hello because we haven’t seen each other since Vietnam.  We had a great meeting in Vietnam.  People don’t realize it.  We had a -- it's all part of the whole negotiation.  But we had actually a great meeting in Vietnam.  We had a great meeting in Singapore.  Everyone gave us praise for Singapore and not for Vietnam.  I think, frankly, the meeting in Vietnam, in terms of a deal, was more important than Singapore.

So, I think what I'd like to do is we'll take one or two questions, as I understand it.  And then I'm going to head out to the DMZ and pay my respects to everybody, including some soldiers.  We have some -- we have tremendous military here in South Korea, and we're going to see some of our great American soldiers.  We'll be talking to them.  And I'll be seeing Kim Jong Un.

And if you would, you could start with a question.  Thank you.

Q    (As interpreted.)  Hello, Mr. President, I am (inaudible) from CBS.  And I would like to, first of all, welcome President Trump upon your second visit to the Republic of Korea.

At the restricted bilateral meeting this morning, President Moon, you had mentioned that you will accompanying President Trump to the DMZ, but the focus of the dialogue that will happen at the DMZ will be between President Trump and Chairman Kim.  And you said that you are looking forward to much progress being achieved there.

So once the contact is established between President Trump and Chairman Kim at the DMZ, what kind of progress do you expect in the subsequent negotiations?  And how about the possibility of a third U.S.-North Korea Summit happening before the end of the year?

And my third question relates to the written interview that you had given to various agencies recently.  And in that interview, you had mentioned that if North Korea, under complete inspection verification from the international community -- if North Korea dismantles the nuclear complex in Yongbyon -- then the international community could explore the sanctions relief -- a partial sanctions relief.

So, has there been any discussions regarding this issue this morning?  And what was the response from the U.S. side?

PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  Yes.  To answer your question, yes, I have been invited to visit Panmunjom with President Trump this afternoon.  However, as I had mentioned, the focus of the dialogue today will be the dialogue between the United States and North Korea.  And, of course, President Trump and Chairman Kim will have a reunion and have subsequent dialogue, and I hope that -- and I do believe that this is vastly significant for the dialogue that will follow after the meeting today.

And also, today, there will be a dialogue between the United States and North Korea.  But as for the inter-Korean dialogue, this will happen at a later time.

As for the question regarding the third U.S.-North Korea summit, I believe that how the reunion and the dialogue and the meeting turns out this afternoon will have a great say on when and whether the U.S.-North Korea summit will happen for the third time.  So I do expect some progress there.

As for the last question, what I had explained was that if North Korea goes through the dismantlement in a genuine way -- dismantlement of the nuclear complex in Yongbyon -- then this will mean that we will be entering -- we will be arriving at the entrance of irreversible, substantive denuclearization.

So if this indeed is implemented, then the international community will able to discuss a partial sanctions relief.  My words were in this context.

MODERATOR:  (As interpreted.)  Now we'll take a question for President Trump.  Ms. Stephanie Grisham, the White House Press Secretary, will choose who will ask the question.

MS. GRISHAM:  I'm going to let our President choose.  Go ahead, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  (Laughter.)  Thank you.  She's learned very well.  (Laughter.)  Thank you very much, Stephanie.  I appreciate it.

Just to add one thing to your question from CBS: It's just a step.  It might be an important step and it might not.  But what we're doing today is a step.  And probably it's a step in the right direction.  There's a good feeling, so it could be very good.

As far as another meeting, I think let's see what happens today before we start thinking about that.  But it could be very important.  Let's see, a question?  Yeah.  Next.  Go ahead.

Q    Thank you, Mr. President.  And thank you, Mr. President.  Margaret Talev with Bloomberg News.  I hope you'll indulge me.  Since we get one question, I'm going to try to make it count.

Why do you want to step into North Korea and what do you think that handshake could actually accomplish?  Nothing has substantively changed since Hanoi.  North Korea has tested short- range missiles.  Why does Kim Jong Un deserve this moment?

And how do you respond to the critics who say it's nothing more than a photo op or that you're legitimizing a nuclear state?

I also, quickly, need to get in one China clarification, which is: Your agreement with President Xi as of yesterday, does that bring you back to the point in April where they had made a lot of concessions on IP and that sort of stuff?  Or are you back at November, back at the beginning of the process?


Q    And may I --

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  -- two very distinct questions.  Hold it. Before you do a third --  

Q    I've got one for Moon also.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I know.  You'll do that in a sec.

Q    Okay.  Thanks.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  No, we've made tremendous strides.  Only the fake news says that they weren't.  If you look again -- I don't have to repeat it -- but if you look again at where we were two and a half years ago, I think I can say, the hatred that everybody had for everybody and where it was going.

And I said that if President Obama's term was, for some reason, extended through any method, including having a successor that thought the way that that administration thought, you would be right now at war with North Korea.  And it wouldn't be pretty.  It would be tough.

We have the greatest military in the world, by far.  We have a much greater military now than we had two and a half years ago, as you know very well.  You reported on it.  We bought tremendous equipment, from jets, to ships, to equipment for soldiers.

But we are in a much different place right now, Margaret, than we were two and a half years ago.  Much different.  And the previous administration wanted to talk.  I would ask people, "Why aren't they talking?"  And not everything happens with talks.  Some bad things happen with talk, too.  But in this case, we are so far advanced from where we were two and a half years ago that it's always insulting.  And I think it's why the press, frankly, has lost such credibility.  They've lost such credibility.

But to think that we're comparing where we are now to two and a half years ago is -- in a way it's insulting but we're doing well.  Let's see what happens in the end.  But we're doing well.  A big difference.

And as far as China is concerned, we are where we are.  We're collecting 25 percent on $250 billion, and China is paying for it, as you know, because, as you notice, our inflation hasn't gone up.  China has devalued their currency in order to pay for the tariffs.

And in addition to devaluing, they've also pumped a lot of money into their economic model.  They've been pumping money in.  We haven't.  We've been retracting.  We've been raising interest rates and they've been lowering interest rates.

So we're not playing on a fair field.  The Fed has not been of help to us at all.  And despite that, we're winning, and we're winning big because we have created an economy that is second to none.  Greatest in the world.

And one of the things that happened at the G20 -- in fact, the President came up and said the same thing to me -- President Moon: "Congratulations on the economy.  What's happened in the last two and a half years is incredible.  It's incredible."

If the other thought process would have won the election, we would have -- instead of being up 3 percent, we would have been down 5 percent, in my opinion.  And I think you would have had a stock market crash because we were heading in that direction.  It would have been very, very ugly.


Q    Thank you.  Can I just ask the President --

(Korean interpreter speaks.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And just to complete: You have to value the stock market from the day after I won because there was a tremendous surge after I won because of the fact I won; because people want that thinking instead of the thinking that we had.

If I hadn't won, right after the election, on November 9th, you would have had a tremendous decrease in the stock market.

So I noticed that the previous administration was given credit for thousands of points of gain right after the election.  No.  It went up because I won, and we'll take the credit.  And if you take that credit, we've increased the stock market values by more than 50 percent.  You have to take that credit.  It went up only because I won.  And it went up a lot between Election Day and, you know, when we ultimately took office.  And from there it went up a lot.  It continues to go up a lot, and now we're setting records virtually every day.

And just to conclude on China: President Xi and I had a fantastic meeting.  It was a great meeting.  We get along.  We also have a really, really good relationship.  And he wants to see something happen and so would I.  And I think there's a really good chance of that happening.  We had a great meeting.  Thank you.

Q    (Off-mic.)  (Inaudible.)

PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  I'm sorry, but we don't have much time, and it's time for us to go.

Q    -- North Korean (inaudible) says that they don't want you to be a mediator in this case.  How do you respond?  And do you trust President Trump?

And if you can take us to the moment when you are at the border, each of you -- you are at the demarcation line -- what do you believe that stepping over that line may represent for the United States and for the world?

Thank you very much.
     INTERPRETER:  So you're first question was to President Moon, right?

     PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  First of all, we are indeed striving to achieve peace through a dialogue, but this does not necessarily mean that we will only travel in one direction.  Sometimes we'll go straight, but sometimes we go through a long and winding road.  There comes a time when we have to pause and sometimes we have to retreat.

     However, I can reassure you that the only way that we can achieve peace is through dialogue.  So, either the meeting this afternoon at Panmunjom will become a truly historic -- a great moment in the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.

     PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  Thank you. 

                              END                 1:40 P.M. KST



Office of the Press Secretary

Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul
Seoul, Republic of Korea

10:22 A.M. KST

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Wow, thank you very much.  Please.  Thank you very much.  That’s so nice.  That means you like us.  And we like you.  And it has been a great period of time for our two countries.

     I want to thank you, Ambassador Harris.  We put you here recently because we thought it might be a spot where we need somebody with great talent, and you’ve displayed that in our military for many years.  We really appreciate it very much.  Thank you, Ambassador.  (Applause.)

     You’ve led this embassy with outstanding vision and skill, and we deeply appreciate your efforts.  And I tell you, many of the business people that I’ve met in this incredible country have told me very strongly that what we did with the Ambassador, that was just a tremendous move.

And, you know, we’re talking about certain things.  You probably have heard the things we’re talking about, and we’re going to make a visit today to the DMZ because -- longstanding visit with President Moon.  And I just want to see how that’s looking.  And a lot of good things are happening with North Korea.  I really believe that.  A lot of good things.  The relationship is very good.  When I first came here, it was a disaster.  It was a disaster.

In my opinion, had President Obama or somebody like President Obama -- for instance, my opponent in the last election -- had it worked that way, I honestly believe you would have been at war with North Korea.  I’ve said it loud and I’ve said it clear.  And right now, as you know, we have no nuclear tests.  We have no ballistic tests.  We have gotten our hostages, our prisoners back, which we really appreciated, from Kim Jong Un -- Chairman Kim.  The remains are coming back as they get them, as they find them.  The remains of our great heroes from the war.  And we really appreciate that.

And there’s a good -- there’s a good feeling.  There’s a good relationship.  And, you know, I won’t even say “developing.”  I just think we have a very good relationship -- the two of us.  I don’t know about beyond the two of us, but I can say the two of us.

So we’ll see how it all goes.  And, again, I’m going to the DMZ, and we are -- I understand that they’re -- they want to meet.  And I’d love to say hello.  It’s going to be very short, but we are in territory that’s very close.  We don’t have to take long trips to countries.  So it’s good for both of us.  Let’s see what happens.  They’re trying to work it out.  Not so easy.

I’m delighted to return to the beautiful city of Seoul -- incredible city -- this week for my second visit to South Korea as President.  That’s a lot, when you think about it.  I haven’t been President very long -- two and a half years.  How time flies.

Today, it’s my distinct honor to join this very talented group of leaders, many of whom I recognize.  I don’t know all of you.  I know some of you, but I recognize most of you.  Great leaders.  Great businesspeople.

You’re a talented group, and you’re from America and South Korea companies to discuss the critical economic relationship between the United States and South Korea.  My thanks as well to Secretary Mnuchin and Secretary of State Under -- we call them the "Under."  Sometimes the Under Secretary of States have tremendous -- where is he?  Where is our Under Secretary of State?   Good.  Congratulations.  Great job.  You're doing a fantastic job.  Thank you very much for being here.  And if you have any questions later, Keith, come see me, because there could be plenty of questions.  But they're very happy with the job you're doing.  Thank you very much.

And the job that our Secretary of State is doing is fantastic.  Mike Pompeo.

For decades, the U.S.-South Korea alliance has advanced peace and security in this region, and far beyond.  Today, our partnership is stronger than ever before.  Following this event, I'll meet with President Moon to discuss many shared priorities, including enhancing our already robust economic ties.  The United States is having probably the best economy we've ever had.  We're doing phenomenally.  Many, many companies -- including South Korea -- but many companies are coming into the United States from other places throughout the world.  Car companies, in particular.  They're going to Michigan.  They're going to Ohio and North Carolina and Pennsylvania, Florida.

Over the past few days, President Moon and I have been in Osaka, Japan, for the G20 Summit.  And I have to say that Prime Minister Abe did a fantastic job.  It was a great summit.  A lot of -- a lot of good spirit.  A lot of good will.  And that brings, really, very importantly, the world leaders together, each, to discuss some of the most important economic opportunities and challenges facing our nations.  And one-on-ones are very important when you have individual complaints. 

I'm sure most of you haven’t heard, but I met with President Xi of China.  I know you didn’t hear about that.  But we had, actually, a very good meeting.  A really good meeting, I think.  So we're continuing with our discussions on a trade deal.  We'll see what happens.  A good chance.

During the summit, I shared the pro-growth policies that have helped the United States achieve extraordinary economic success and called on all G20 members to cooperate based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity.  Such an important word.  Maybe my favorite word of all is "reciprocity."

The United States and South Korea have made great progress in reducing our trade imbalance and unleashing new prosperity for both of our countries.  And, as you heard, your great ambassador and our great ambassador say we've reduced the number to by about 60 percent, which is pretty -- pretty great.  Good for both countries, actually.

Last year, we reduced the trade deficits of goods between the United States and South Korea by more than 20 percent, and that number is moving very rapidly along.  And we announced a totally renegotiated United States-Korea trade deal, which went into effect this last January 1st.  And that was something that looked like it wasn’t going to be happening, and we got it done.  Good for both countries.

Our upgraded agreement will benefit workers in both the United States and South Korea, and includes strong provisions to increase South Korea’s access to the finest American-made products, including automobiles, agricultural crops, medicines, and more.  Under the terms of this deal, South Korea will double the number of American cars that can enter the market each year.

     So the car companies are very happy with it, and it gets to be just much more fair.  We must remain vigilant and ensure that we keep moving forward toward a more balanced trade relationship and further reduce our trade deficit.

Our countries also enjoy a thriving investment relationship.  Since 2017, Korean investment in the United States has expanded by billions and billions of dollars.  This includes Lotte Group’s recent investment of $3.1 billion in Louisiana.  (Applause.)

And Chairman Shin Dong-bin -- I think he's here.  There you are.  Such a young man.  Look at that -- (laughter) -- to have done such a good job.  It's incredible.  How did you do that?  Would you get up here please and speak?  (Laughter.)  Beautiful job.  Thank you very much.  Fantastic job.  We appreciate it.  And we have a great working relationship.  Your investment of $3.1 billion in Louisiana is going to be a great investment.  You know that.  So, congratulations.  Thank you very much for being here.

Korean Air and Boeing have also recently announced that Korean Air will acquire 30 brand new 787s -- a great plane; Dreamliner -- a deal worth over $9 billion.  And Kee-hong Woo -- where are you?  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much for being here.  (Applause.)  From Korean Air is here.  And you've done a great job with Korean Air.  Congratulations.  Really great.

And Eric John, President of Boeing Korea.  Where's Eric?  Thank you, Eric.  Good job.  (Applause.)  Good.  Thank you.  Great plane.

Thank you both for being here.  And congratulations.

Hyundai, Samsung, and CJ, Doosan, and SK Group all here this morning.  They were all here represented by their top people.  And I really appreciate it.  They've made very large investments in our country, including the companies represented in the room; they've created more than 50,000 brand new jobs in the United States.  We have to tell that to the people of the United States.  And it's very important to tell them.  There's a lot of investment going back into the United States.  And we hope that you'll continue to expand.

Could I ask you all to stand up -- the three folks?  (Applause.)  Hyundai, Samsung, CJ, and SK.  Where's SK?  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Congratulations.  It's a great job.  I recognize all four of you, I must tell you.  Very famous business leaders and very great business leaders.  Thank you very much.  I appreciate it.  We'll see you later.

There's never been a better time to invest, or do business, and create jobs in America.  We passed the largest tax cut and reform in the history of our country, and eliminated more than 30,000 pages of job-killing regulations -- a record.  You don’t have any regulation problem, I know, in South Korea.  Do you?  (Laughter.)  You have any?

We slashed our business tax rate from the highest in the developed world to one of the most competitive anywhere in the developed world.  We were so high that it was very hard for people to really understand how they could do it.  We've taken back hundreds of billions of dollars from overseas.  We weren’t allowed to take that.  That money was just -- it was impossible to do.  Both bureaucratically and tax wise, it was so expensive.  Now we're bringing in -- Apple alone brought in $230 billion, and they're spending it in the United States.

Capital investment by businesses now can be 100 percent tax deductible -- something that nobody knew.  And, if you look, the one-year provision is something that nobody thought was -- deducting expense in the first year -- something nobody thought they've ever see, and it's had a tremendous impact on the country.

Unemployment in the United States is at the lowest level it's been in 51 years.  And we expected that level is even -- that number is even going to get better, because there's tremendous -- companies are moving in.  We have companies moving in, car companies moving in.  In particular, car companies.  We hadn’t had a plant built in years -- in decades, actually.  And now we have many plants being built all throughout the United States -- cars. 

According to the World Economic Forum, our financial system, business dynamism, and labor market all rank number one in the world.  That's a great rank.  And we were slipping badly, as you know.  (Applause.)

In fact, I just opened a LNG plant in Louisiana.  It's a $10 billion plant.  And I think a couple of other folks in this room happen to be involved in that.  But we also had tremendous Japanese investment.  It's a ten billion.  It's going to employ 10,000 jobs.  It's, I guess, one of the biggest plants I've ever seen.  And right in Louisiana also.

And they opened it.  I hear it's doing phenomenally well.  It was beautiful.  It was built on time, on budget, but it was help up for many, many years -- for more than a decade -- because they couldn’t get the permits.  And I got in, I got them those permits.  I didn’t know anybody.  I don’t want to know anybody.  All I wanted to do was I wanted to have them build that plant.  And we got them the permits very quickly, through EPA and all of the other places that we had to get them.  But that was being held up.  It looked, actually, like it wasn’t going to happen, and I got it done.

You look at Keystone Pipeline, the Dakota Access Pipeline -- they were dead.  They were really in trouble.  Dakota Access had the worst of all worlds.  It had built the pipeline, but it couldn’t connect it -- okay? -- because it had environmental problems.  False environmental problems.  Problems that shouldn’t have been a problem.  But they had built it.

And I was actually going to say maybe the country should have a piece of the action.  Steve, we could have said, "Listen, give us half of the profits for the rest, and we're going to give you that final permit."  Right?  I could have done it.  We can't revert back to my business days.  Can't do that.  But we got it approved for them, and we got the permits, and they were able to connect.  And they immediately opened.

And Keystone, as you know, is one of the biggest anywhere, and that's been under consideration for a long time.  And we got it approved in my first few days in office.  The head of the big company, the pipeline company -- they're actually based in Canada, which -- a little sad; it just means we have a very good relationship with Canada.  We just made a deal with Canada and Mexico, which is a tremendous trade deal, and hopefully we'll get that passed soon, in Congress.

But the head probably said, "Gee, I couldn’t get it for years and years.  I couldn’t get my permit.  Now Trump gets elected; I get my permit."  And you people, as great businessmen, know what's going to happen.  He's sitting there, and he will be inundated now with every consultant that worked on the project for the last 10 years, and they're all going to want these massive fees.  They're going to want millions of dollars because they're going to say that they did such a good job.

But I never spoke to any of them.  I don’t want to speak to any of them.  They didn’t do a damn thing, and they're going to get millions of dollars, right?  And everyone in this room knows what I'm talking about.  But it's one of those things.  We don’t want to have that situation happen.  But we got Keystone approved.  We got it approved early.  And it's going to be a tremendous pipeline.

Economic growth is now over 3 percent.  And for the first quarter -- which is always our worst quarter; it's always down around 1, less than 1 -- it was 3.2 percent, which is shocking.  We are taking in tremendous dollars from China with the tariffs of goods: $250 billion at 25 percent.  That will remain under our deal until we have a new deal, and then we'll see what happens, whether it's more or less or whatever.  We'll see what happens.

We were very close to having a deal with China.  And then, unfortunately, things happened, and the deal didn’t happen.  But we're now back on track, so we'll see what happens.  Now we're going to -- we started it up.  We had a very good meeting.  We really had a great meeting yesterday.  And I like President Xi a lot.  I consider him a friend, and -- but I like him a lot.  I've gotten to know him very well.  He's a strong gentleman, right?  Anybody that -- he's a strong guy, tough guy.  Very smart.  And loves China.  And I love the United States.

All of this is only the beginning to, really, want -- I just wanted to have a group of the leaders.  I didn’t know they were going to get -- you're not just South Korean leaders.  You're world-renowned leaders.  You have done things that are incredible.  I mean, some of the companies.

I happened to fly over a building.  It was one of the largest buildings I've ever seen: Samsung.  Samsung.  It was one of the largest buildings I've ever seen.  And it was a manufacturing building.  And you know what I'm talking about, right?  I looked; I said, "What the hell is that?"  It was acre on acre, except it was piled up.  How tall is that building?  Like 12 or 10?  Ten stories?  I want to see it.  I want to see it.  I want to get some ideas.  Because this was laid up on top.  We usually just go in one direction.  And it was really great.

And I must tell you also -- I said, "What is that beautiful building?"  And that was your great tower.  Lotte Tower was beautiful.  Love the design.  I said, it's pretty hard to miss it, right?  (Laughter.)  We're flying in.  It wasn't like, "Oh, gee, what's that?"  But I knew immediately.  I knew it from even pictures.  But that's a beautiful tower, and I know it's done very well.  Congratulations.  Beautiful job.

It's nice to build them nice, right?  It doesn’t cost that much more.  I tried to explain to friends of mine.  I have a competitor in New York, and he builds very inexpensively.  And then he wonders why we get higher rents and why we get higher condo prices.  And I look at his building.  He said, "What the hell is going on?"  He has windows that are so little because he saves two dollars.  He saves nothing.  I mean, sometimes a wall is more expensive than a window.  Sometimes brick and mortar is more expensive than glass.  So you make them big.  You have nice, big, fat windows, and you have certain things.

But you folks have done a great job.  Really great.  Thank you very much.

But this is all just the beginning.  We're going to have a lot of great relationship with South Korea.  I think I've done a good job in stability.  I can say the Ambassador came.  When he met me at the airport yesterday, he said when he first came here, people were nervous.  A lot of bad things were happening.  A lot of bad things with missiles flying over Japan.  And they weren’t too thrilled in Japan either, by the way.

And now you don’t have that.  And people aren’t feeling the same way that they felt when I became President.  When I became President -- it's hard to believe, two and a half years ago, I became President.  And the biggest -- probably the biggest thing was Kim Jong Un and the problems that you were having with them.  And a lot of bad things could've happened.  Could’ve gone very bad, very fast.

And, as you know, we took a very tough stand, and so did he.  And then, all of a sudden, we came together, and I was asking other people, "Have you ever spoken to him?"  They said no.  I said, "How can you not speak to him?"  They didn’t speak to him.  You don’t lose anything by speaking.  And we did, ultimately, speak, and we got along great.  But it's a lot different now.  The ambassador was telling me -- he said he got here and people were very nervous.  They were having drills -- many, many drills all the times.  Drills, drills.  And -- to get under cover.  And you don’t have that anymore.

So let's see what happens.  Nothing is final.  Got a long way to go.  But this a situation that could've been really bad.  You know, at home, they think that I'm a, sort of, a tough warmonger.  I'm a warmonger.  They thought that, when I got elected, within in the first year we'd be in World War Three.  And I'm really the opposite of a warmonger.

But we built our military now.  It's stronger than it's ever been.  Brand new.  I mean, we spent one-point- -- if you think, we spent $716 billion this year; $700 billion last year.  This year, we're going for, actually, more than that, potentially.  We have brand new fighter jets, brand new ships, brand new military equipment for the soldiers.  Very important.  Can never forget that.  All brand new.

We were very depleted from fighting wars all over.  Fighting in the Middle East for 19 years, in the Middle East, just being there.  And we're now -- you probably heard we knocked out the caliphate as soon I got in.  I knocked them out very quickly.  Very quickly.  Once we started, it was a very quick operation.

We have the greatest military in the world.  There's nobody close.  We have the greatest equipment in the world.  Missiles and planes and everything else.  The F-35 fighter jet, which is the hot one now.  I was talking to one the pilots.  These guys are central casting.  There's nobody in Hollywood that looks like these people, with their crew cut, boom under the eyes -- the whole thing.

I speak to this guy, and I said, "How good is the F-35?"  "Very good, sir."  "How does it compare to so and so?"  You know, another country.  "Well, they have a basic problem, sir.  They can't see it.  You could be right next them; they can't see it."  And I said, "That sounds good."  They say it's really hard to win when they can't see the plane.  It's really stealth, and it's really great.  And, by the way, you're ordering those planes, in addition to a lot of Boeings.  But you're ordering those planes.

So I just want to tell you that you're our friend.  I've had a tremendous relationship.  President Moon has treated me and our country with great respect, which I appreciate.  Because we're doing a lot for you.  We're doing a lot.  We're spending a lot of money, and money that hasn’t been reimbursed.  And they're agreeing to reimburse us for some of this, because the cost is astronomical.  We have 42,000 soldiers.  We've had them for many years.  And we're working on that, and it's really working along well.  But most importantly, we're doing the job.

And you're going to have a very safe country, and it's already a great country.  And it's an honor to be with you, especially so many people that I know and that I recognize.  A lot of people don’t.  You know, a lot of people don’t knew these great business genius.  They don’t understand that that means.  But we understand what business genius is.  People say, "How come so and so is always successful?"  Because he's a business genius.  It's one of those things.  It's a talent.  Just like baseball is a talent, or golf is a talent, or anything.

We had, recently, the U.S. Women's Open at my course in Bedminster, New Jersey.  And I think 9 of the top 10 finishers were from South Korea.  Do you know that?  Nine of the top ten.  I said, "What's going on over here?"

So I want to just thank you.  You have a great country, and it's an honor to be with you.  Thank you all very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

Q    Mr. President, is Chairman Kim going to meet you at the DMZ today?  Has he committed?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, we'll see.  He very much wants to.  I'm going there.  This was (inaudible) when I told him we were going, that I will see him.  But there was -- we'll try to work it out.  (Inaudible.)  Very short.  It will be a very short -- very short.  Virtually a handshake, but that's okay.  A handshake means a lot.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  

                          END                 10:45 A.M. KST



Office of the Press Secretary


Blue House
Seoul, Republic of Korea

12:22 P.M. KST

     PRESIDENT MOON:  (As interpreted.)  President Trump and members of the U.S. delegation to the Republic of Korea, I'd like to extend my warmest welcome to you all, and thank you very much for joining us today.

     With President Trump and also myself, during our presidency, I believe that the ROK-U.S. alliance has made significant improvements, especially in terms of security and also in terms of economic cooperation, also in terms of trade expansion and mutually beneficial development and amendment of the KORUS FTA.  Indeed, there have been significant progresses made.  And, as well, this people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as other forms of exchanges are becoming very active as well.

     As you mentioned before, ROK-U.S. alliance is now evolving into the great alliance.  Our two countries are making a lot of efforts in terms of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as well as permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.  And once this Korean Peninsula peace process becomes successful, I believe that the ROK-U.S. alliance, especially, will be able to shine as the great alliance.  And I believe that we're now having that historic milestone yet again.

     President Trump's and my efforts, I hope, will be able to produce some tangible results in the end.

     Thank you very much.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, Mr. President.  And I will say that we had a great meeting just now.  And we're talking about some economic balance and a lot of other things.  And I think that it will work out extremely well.

     I've been told that Kim Jong Un would like to meet, and that -- it looks like they're in final stages of working out a -- just a very quick meeting because I'll be at the DMZ anyway, the border.  I'll be at the DMZ.  And I look forward to saying hello to him if that all finally works out.  I guess there's always a chance that it might not, but it sounds like the teams would like to have that worked out.  And so that's good.

     But we have had a great relationship, you and I.  And I appreciate that.  And I know you appreciate it, because the United States has been doing a very good job for a lot of countries.  And I don't know if a lot of countries appreciate what we've done, and that's part of, perhaps, part of the reason I'm President right now and other people aren't.  But many of them do.  And I think you do.

     And I look forward to spending the day with you.  I look forward to spending time with you.  I look forward to going to the DMZ, which I've wanted to see for a long time.  And it's going to be very interesting.  And I know the press will have no interest in that, but we will -- I will find it very interesting.

     So, thank you very much.  I appreciate your hosting us.  You hosted us so beautifully.  Thank you.

     Thank you all very much.  Thank you

                               END                 12:26 P.M. KST

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