Speaking to reporters after reading a statement at the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec on Saturday, Trump was asked how he will decide if Kim can be trusted to work with the U.S.
“That’s a good question. How long will it take? I think within the first minute, I’ll know,” Trump said of the scheduled Tuesday meeting in Singapore.
“How?” the reporter asked.
“Just my touch, my feel. That’s what I do,” the president said.
Trump then launched into a rambling monologue in which he appeared to compare meeting the North Korean leader with deciding if he might have a schoolyard crush on someone.
“You know, in the way they say you know you’re going to like somebody, like in the first five seconds? You ever hear that one?” Trump said. “Well, I think that very quickly I’ll know whether or not something good is going to happen. I also think I’ll know whether or not it will happen fast. May not. But I think I’ll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen. And if I think it won’t happen, I’m not going to waste my time, I’m not going to waste his time.”
The statement echoes what the president said Thursday when he told reporters how he prepared for his summit with Kim.
“I think I’m very well prepared,” Trump said. “I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude. It’s about willingness to get things done.”