Trump says he wants Americans to listen to him like North Koreans listen to Kim
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Trump says he wants Americans to listen to him like North Koreans listen to Kim

US president says he has 'largely solved' the North Korean nuclear problem, Kim now has his direct number

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the North Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the North Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump claimed Friday following his summit with Kim Jong Un that he has “largely solved” the North Korean nuclear problem, adding that he would like it if the American people treated him with the same respect the North Koreans treat Kim.

“He’s the head of a country, and I mean, he’s the strong head. He speaks and his people sit up at attention,” Trump said speaking to reporters outside the White House.

“I want my people to do the same,” Trump said, before joking about the fate of several North Korean generals. “He had them fired, at least, fired may be a nice word,” told a reporter on Fox News.

North Korea runs a particularly brutal regime with  unparalleled restrictions on citizenry and its vast gulag system. Kim has reportedly had murdered several of his former generals and rivals.

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Trump said president Barack Obama told him before he took office that the “most dangerous problem” for the United States was North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

“I have solved that problem,” Trump said. “Now we’re getting it memorialized and all but that problem is largely solved.”

“We signed a very good document,” he said. “But more importantly than the document I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un.

“That’s a very important thing. I can now call him,” he said. “I gave him a very direct number. He can now call me if he has any difficulty. We have communication.”

“People are shocked,” the president continued. “They thought Trump was going to get in, he’s going to start throwing bombs all over the place.

“It’s actually the opposite.”

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