“We’re having very substantive talks with North Korea. And a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages, and I think you’re going to see very good things. As I said yesterday, stay tuned. I think you’re going to be seeing very, very good things. And also the trip is being scheduled. We now have a day and we have a location,” President Trump said.
During the exchange with reporters, President Trump also said his lawyers had advised him against talking to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, even though he would like to speak with him as part of the Russia probe. “I would love to speak. I would love to. Nobody wants to speak more than me … because we’ve done nothing wrong,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “But I have to find a way to be treated fairly.”
“If I thought it was fair, I would override my lawyer,” he added.
He also defended Rudy Giuliani, who he recently hired to represent him in the matter. The former federal prosecutor, however, raised a number of questions about Trump’s actions and motivations in a series of media interviews this week.
In the wide-ranging exchange, President Trump also said the U.S. was not taking a harder stance against China because of his respect for Chinese President Xi Jinping. “I have great respect for President Xi. That’s why we’re being so nice,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
His comments came just hours after China announced that large disagreements still loomed over trade between the two countries.