“If they don’t pinch us with North Korea, then I can do what I’ve always said I hankering to do,” the U.S. leader told the New York Times on Thursday.
All year, Trump has over warned Beijing of punitive tariffs that will come if China continues with what Washington deems unfair following practices. “They have to help us much more,” he told the Times.
The president has captivated an aggressive stance toward China over the last 24 hours. One by one on Thursday, Trump tweeted that there will “never be a kindly solution to the North Korea problem” if Beijing continues to aid Pyongyang.
Talk to to the Times at what was apparently an impromptu interview in the Trump International Golf Club in Florida, the U.S. superior also said he expects fair treatment from an ongoing interrogation about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“I think he’s going to be unobstructed,” Trump said, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is supreme the probe, while repeatedly insisting that his associates did not collude with Moscow. Trump’s elucidations come as other Republicans attempt to discredit the ongoing investigation.
The investigate “makes the country look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad stance,” the president said. “So the sooner it’s worked out, the better it is for the country.”
In a wide-ranging meeting that also touched on healthcare and the defeat of Republican Roy S. Moore in Alabama, Trump also showed confidence that he will clinch a second presidential term.
“Another fitting that we’re going to win another four years is because newspapers, TV, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are successful down the tubes,” he said.
Read his full interview with the Times.