*From:* Todd Gillman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
*Date:* May 17, 2018 at 2:10:49 PM EDT
*Subject:* *pool report #2/NATO pool spray- North Korea and China*
Oval Office spray with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
POTUS spoke for 15 minutes or so, mostly on North Korea and China.
North Korea summit maybe won't happen? "We have not been told anything.. If the meeting happens, it happens and if it doesn't we go into the next step."
"North Korea is talking to us... as if nothing happened... We are continuing to negotiate when to meet, how to meet. They've been negotiating like nothing happened."
Re Bolton comments/Libya model "In Libya we decimated that country. There was no deal to keep Gadaffi....The Libyan model was a much different model" with no assurance of protecting him or providing military aid. In NK, "That model would take place if we don't make a deal."
Would US offer security guarantees for Kim? "I'm willing to do a lot... He'll have protections...The best thing he could do is make a deal."
China. "We have been ripped off by China."
"We lost 800 billion on trade last year of which China was $500billion.
ZTE Xi asked him to look into it. Emphasized that it was the Trump administration with his full knowledge that had penalized the firm to begin with. "they did very bad things to our country. they did a lot of bad things to our economy." But he added, the firm buys a lot of components from US suppliers.
"When you're losing $500billion on trade you can't lose the trade war. You've already lost it."
NATO chief lauded Trump at outset for prodding allies to beef up defense spending. 'Let me thank you for the leadership you showed on defense spending... We need a strong NATO."
Pool holding for meeting in Cabinet Room.
Todd J. Gillman
Washington Bureau Chief
The Dallas Morning News
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