President Trump spoke to Reuters. Here are the key comments:
- “It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.”
- China could solve the North Korea security challenge “very easily if they want to.”
- On the European Union: "I'm totally in favor of it." (here)
- A two-state Israel-Palestinian conflict resolution would work for him, but he would be satisfied with whatever makes the two sides happy.
- NATO members should pay more for their own defense.
- A Republican border tax could create U.S. jobs. (here)
Other highlights from the interview are here. (here).
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