Reporters confronted President Donald Trump outside of the White House on Friday over his complimentary language toward North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite his horrific human rights record.
Tensions were high as reporters were literally shouting at the president. At one point, a reporter yelled, “That is not true, sir!”
One of the most revealing moments came after another reporter asked Trump why he wasn’t condemning North Korea’s human rights violations amid his historic negotiations with Kim Jong Un, who has agreed in principle to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
“How can you do that?” CBS reporter Weijia Jiang asked.
“You know why? Because I don’t want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family,” Trump shot back.
The president added, “I want to have a good relationship with North Korea. I want to have a good relationship with many other countries. What I’ve done, if you remember, if you’re fair, which most of you aren’t, but if you are fair, but when I came in, people thought we were probably going to war with North Korea.”
When the reporter interrupted his remarks, Trump put his finger up and told the reporter, “Quiet.”
He went on to argue “millions” would have been killed if they went to war with North Korea.
“Seoul has 28 million people 30 miles off the border. You would have had 30, 40, 50 million people killed,” he said.
The president further defended his relationship with North Korea, claiming “we’re well on our way” to "total denuclearization.”
"Nobody wants to report that. So the only thing I did was I met. I got along with him great. We have a great chemistry together. That’s a good thing,” he added.