Rudy Giuliani told an audience in Tel Aviv on Wednesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un begged President Trump for a meeting “on his hands and knees” after its initial cancellation.
According to the former New York City mayor and latest member of Trump’s legal team, the president’s decision to cancel the summit was the masterstroke.
“Well, somehow North Korea, after he canceled the summit because they insulted the vice president, they insulted his national security advisor and they also said that they would go to nuclear war against us, they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war,” said Giuliani.
“We said, ‘well we’re not gonna have a summit under those circumstances.’ When Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you wanna put him in.”
News of Giuliani’s remarks was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
Trump is scheduled to meet with Kim in Singapore on June 12. The meeting will mark the first time in history a sitting U.S. president has met with a North Korean leader.
It’s not the first time team Trump has publicly run-down the North Koreans in advance of the historic summit. In April, National Security adviser John Bolton said on live television that he hoped the country’s path to denuclearization could follow Libya — which famously denuclearized several years before the United States backed a revolution against its leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“One thing that Libya did that led us to overcome our skepticism was that they allowed American and British observers into all their nuclear-related sites. So it wasn’t a question of relying on international mechanisms,” Bolton said on CBS News. “We saw them in ways we had never seen before.”
Despite its on-again-off-again nature, the summit is now firmly set for June 12, though in recent days President Trump has set low expectations for what may come out of the meeting.