Without providing details, President Donald Trump said he has a plan to unilaterally stop North Korea’s nuclear program during a wide-ranging Q&A published Sunday by The Financial Times.
Trump said the issue of North Korea would be discussed when he meets Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Florida later this month. “China has great influence over North Korea,” Trump said. “And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.
“If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,” he said.
When asked to expand on that, Trump said “I don’t have to say any more,” but when asked if it meant the U.S. can resolve the North Korean situation without China’s help, he said “Totally.”
On other subjects, Trump said he expects to make a trade deal with China, that Brexit will benefit both the U.K. and the European Union, and that he still expects Congress to pass a health-care overhaul.
“Yeah, I don’t lose. I don’t like to lose,” he said, noting that if the conservative House Freedom Caucus does not get on board with the health bill, “we will make a deal with the Democrats and we will have in my opinion not as good a form of health care, but we are going to have a very good form of health care and it will be a bipartisan form of health care.”
Trump also said he likes being president — “I’ve enjoyed it. We have done a lot . . . We’re doing great” — has no regrets about any of his controversial tweets — “I don’t regret anything, because there is nothing you can do about it” — and boasted about his social media impact: “I have over 100m [followers] between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Over 100m. I don’t have to go to the fake media.”