President Donald Trump "created the climate" that allowed the leaders of North and South Korea to meet and to discuss finally ending the war between the two countries, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday.
"It would be difficult to overstate the consequential sequence and rapid succession of events in short order, and this president created the climate that allows for this," Conway told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
"Obviously, North and South Korea had not met in this fashion in a very long time. The people there have suffered for many, many years and it is this president who wishes to achieve what so many other presidents either attempted or in fact promised and not been able to deliver upon."
She said she also thinks the timing of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's confirmation is also "incredibly important."
"Secretary of State Pompeo has been over there, meeting with Kim Jong Un, setting the stage, and it is this president who has said he is willing to come to the table," Conway said.
She pointed out that Trump has an "exit strategy," for if, when he meets in person with Kim, a deal is presented that does not work for the American people.
Trump also thanked China on Friday, she said, "because we know that a denuclearized Korean peninsula benefits everyone, not just in that region, certainly America and Americans but as his wont this morning on the social media platform, the president credited the American people, and they should be very happy. This is democracy."
Conway also discussed the decision of Dr. Ronny Jackson to step away from consideration to head the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday, telling the program that Trump will name a new nominee in the "near future."
"There are many people who would like to have that position because there are many people committed to continuing the president's agenda of progress for veterans," said Conway. "One thing lost in all of the mainstream media maelstrom coverage, and character assassination of Admiral and Dr. Ronny Jackson who has served honorably three different presidents, has glowing recommendations."
She said she does hope Jackson "holds his head high and recognizes this can be a "brutal town where people not under oath are going out on TV and saying things without, you know, anonymously and without having, letting him have a say. I hope he will have a say at some point."
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