President Donald Trump warned Saturday that despite the recent developments involving North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, "we're not playing games" as a possible summit nears — telling a Michigan rally that "strength is going to keep us out of nuclear war."
"We will have a meeting over the next three or four weeks that will be a very important meeting," Trump said at Total Sports Park in Washington Township, about 40 miles north of Detroit.
"The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. De-nuke. De-nuke.
"But we'll see how it goes," the president cautioned. "Look, I may go in. It may not work out. I leave.
"We'll be doing the world a big favor," Trump said, repeating: "We'll be doing the world a big favor.
"Let's see how it goes. I think we're going to do just fine."
Trump's speech came after Kim crossed the DMZ into South Korea for the first time on Thursday to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Moon and Kim ended their daylong meeting pledging to seek a formal end to the Korean War, fought from 1950 to 1953, by the end of the year and to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.
The Koreas signed an armistice in 1953 that ended the bloodshed, but the nations technically remain at war.
President Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reassured their South Korean counterparts Saturday that the United States would defend the South regardless of the outcome of the possible summit with the North's Kim.
Trump held the speech in Michigan in lieu of attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, which he skipped for the second straight year.
The president took frequent jabs at the media throughout his speech, even poking at "one of the fake-news groups this morning" that questioned whether he had any role in the Korean developments.
"They were saying, 'What do you think President Trump had to do with it?'" he told the crowd. "I tell you what: Like, how about everything."
The crowd roared.
"It is going to be an interesting period of time," the president said.
Trump also slammed former FBI Director James Comey’s book-tour comments, bashed the Justice Department amid corruption allegations, and ripped Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester for leaking a report that led Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to withdraw from consideration Thursday to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Comey was "a liar and a leaker," President Trump said, adding: "I did you a great favor when I fired this guy.
"I did you a great favor," he said. "When you look at what was going on at the top of the FBI, it is a disgrace and everybody in this room understands it.
"If our Justice Department was doing the right thing, they'd be a lot tougher right now on those people because there's tremendous crime and corruption on the other side," Trump said.
"We need to drain the swamp," he continued. "We need to vote against guys like Jon Tester that can destroy a man with innuendo.
"And we have to be very careful with the press, because they do the same damn thing."
President Trump focused on his familiar themes throughout his speech: the benefits of the $1.5 trillion GOP tax cut, a stronger military, and immigration, pledging again that "we are building the wall."
"Our military is strong and getting stronger every single day," he said. "We make the greatest military equipment in the world.
"Look at what happened in Syria," Trump said, referring to the April 13 air strikes with France and Britain in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons.
"We had to do that," the president said. "People cannot use gas.
"Frankly, they should not use anything — but they cannot drop the gas, and it was gas."
In stopping illegal immigration, Trump also called for tougher restrictions on foreign guest workers and temporary employees.
"For the farmers, we are going to let your guest workers come in," he said. "We are going to have strong borders.
"We have to have your workers come in.
"They're going to work on your farms," Trump said. "Then, they have to go out.
"We are going to let them in because you need them."
Trump also urged Michigan voters to deny Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow a fourth term in November — saying that "a vote for a Democrat in November is a vote for open borders and crime.
"It is also a vote for much higher taxes — and be careful of your Second Amendment."
Trump was the first Republican to capture Michigan since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
He beat Democrat Hillary Clinton 47.5 percent to 47.2 percent, winning all of the state's 16 electoral votes.
"The policies of the Democratic Party are not just wrong, they are dangerous — and they are, in fact, deadly," President Trump said.
"They make no sense," he added. "They are deadly."
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