Rudy Giuliani, currently serving as President Trump’s attorney, said on Wednesday in Israel that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un got “on his hands and knees and begged” for the summit in Singapore to take place after President Trump cancelled it last month.
Giuliani said at a press conference in Tel Aviv that Trump’s cancellation of the summit put Kim Jong Un into an advantageous position, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
“They also said they were going to go to nuclear war with us, they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war,” Giuliani said. “We said we’re not going to have a summit under those circumstances.”
He added, “Well, Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in.”
“They have to be seeking peace. You gotta change the dynamic and put the pressure on them,” said Giuliani.
It is unclear whether or not Giuliani was referencing public statements made by North Korea’s foreign ministry or talks between the U.S. and North Korea officials.
A statement issued by North Korea’s foreign ministry May 25 read: We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format.
President Trump spoke to reporters Friday and ended speculation over whether or not the planned meeting would take place saying, “We’re going to be June 12 – we’ll be in Singapore. It’ll be a beginning.”
Trump also made mention of the fact that it may take more than one meeting to achieve a nuclear agreement between the United States and North Korea.
“I’ve never said it happens in one meeting. You’re talking about years of hostility, years of problems,” said President Trump.
Trump says that he had decided on reinstating the summit before he read the letter Kim Jong Un sent to him.
“I may be in for a big surprise, folks,” he said.
While speaking in Tel Aviv at the press conference, Giuliani also mentioned that Trump could pardon himself, but that he would not because he was innocent.
Giuliani also accused Mueller’s team of trying to position President Trump for failure saying, “13 highly partisan Democrats … (who) are trying very very hard to frame him to get him in trouble when he hasn’t done anything wrong.”
“They can’t emotionally come to grips with the fact that this whole thing with Russian collusion didn’t happen. They are trying to invent theories of obstruction of justice,” Giuliani said.
“They have revealed no evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong. None,” Giuliani added.