Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he was previously convinced China had “tremendous power” over North Korea. But after meeting with Xi last week Trump said he “realized it’s not so easy.”
“After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy,” Trump said. “I felt pretty strongly that [China] had a tremendous power over North Korea. But it’s not what you would think.”
Ahead of his meeting with Xi last week, Trump vowed to pressure the Chinese leader to take a tougher approach to North Korea.
Before he left office in January, former President Barack Obama warned Trump that North Korea was “the most urgent problem” he was likely to face in his presidency. Along with that warning, Trump has inherited from his predecessor a covert cyberwar against the country’s missile program. Read more at The Hill.