President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed optimism about his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un next month, but warned an Indiana crowd: "We're going to set the table."
"We're going to make a great deal for the world — for North Korea, for South Korea, for Japan, for China," Trump said at a campaign-style rally at the North Side Middle School in Elkhart, about 150 miles north of Indianapolis. "I think it's going to be a very big success.
"But my attitude is: 'If it isn't, it isn't. If it isn't, it isn't.'
"You have to have that attitude," Trump said, "because you don't know.
"We're not going to be walking into an Iran deal, where the negotiator, John Kerry, refused to leave the table," Trump said.
In slamming Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state who negotiated the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Trump lamented: "What a deal. What a deal."
President Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal — which also included Germany, France, Britain, China, and Russia — on Tuesday, making good on a longstanding campaign promise.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor, were in Indiana to support Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, who defeated two sitting House members in a bitter primary Tuesday.
Braun, a former state House member, will face vulnerable Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in November.
Trump's visit came after he welcomed three Americans who had been held captive in North Korea after they arrived early Thursday at a U.S. military base outside Washington.
They were released by North Korea's Kim — and Trump later announced on Twitter that the leaders would meet June 12 in Singapore.
"Those hostages came out with respect," Trump told the Indiana crowd. "We didn't pay for them.
"I think that Kim Jong Un did a great service to himself, to his country by doing this," he added. "What he did was the right thing."
While Trump touched on his standard topics — the Second Amendment, among them — he primarily slammed Donnelly and called on Hoosier State voters to send Braun to Congress in the fall.
"If Joe Donnelly and the Democrats get back into power, they will raise your taxes.
"They destroy your jobs and they're going to knock the hell out of your borders.
"We have the worst immigration laws in the history of mankind.
"We're slowly getting them changed," Trump said.
"We want to make it quick — so, give me some reinforcements, please."
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