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Trump says tough rhetoric led to NKorea summit

Posted at 9:17 AM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 09:17:15-04

President Donald Trump says he sometimes "felt foolish" lobbing insults at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But he says without his harsh rhetoric, their summit may never have happened.

Trump is reflecting on his evolving rhetoric in an interview with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity in Singapore.

Trump, who had threatened "fire and fury" and called Kim "Little Rocket Man," says: "I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here."

He says that past administrations had what he called "a policy of silence" and didn't respond when rivals "said something very bad and very threatening and horrible."

Trump says, "That's not the answer."

He says of his rhetoric: "I hated to do it. Sometimes I felt foolish doing it. But we had no choice."