Interview with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders: North Korea

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Press Secretary Sarah Sanders traveled with President Trump to Singapore for the historic summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. I asked Sarah about her takeaways from the meeting in general and about Kim Jong Un specifically.

SANDERS: So, it was certainly a historic moment and one that not only people that support this president can be proud of but I think all Americans can be proud of.

BORIS: You were one of very few Americans who’ve gotten to be in the same room as Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. What was he like during the lunch? What takeaways did you have?

SANDERS: I mean he’s definitely tough, his team is tough, but at the same time you could see...

BORIS: A lot of personality?

SANDERS: More than you might expect. But there was certainly a willingness, I think. They wanted to do something and a lot of that was from the build up of the president putting pressure in some of this... through sanctions, through rhetoric...

SANDERS: And the president is a true leader on the global stage. It was really magnificent to watch.

BORIS: Do you think that North Korea will end up denuclearizing?

SANDERS: As the president likes to say, we'll see what happens but it was definitely a step in the right direction and we’re continuing to work toward denuclearization. We're going to keep pushing.

BORIS: Last questions on this topic, what about the criticism, the president has been criticized by some folks, expectedly, for being "too nice" to Kim Jong Un. What do you say to that?

SANDERS: I think those are people that are more worried about attacking this president than looking for the good that is happening both within our country and across the world.

Here is the bottom line: as you just heard from one of the few Americans who have met with Kim Jong Un face to face, the summit was a success. Due to the president’s efforts, we are now closer than ever to a denuclearized North Korea.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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