DONALD Trump has spoken about the "beautiful letters" he received from Kim Jong-un in a TV interview where he insisted "I'm not a baby".
President Trump was asked about North Korean dictator Kim Jong-unon CBS's 60 Minutes.
When correspondent Lesley Stahl pressed him on comments he made to supporters that he and Kim wrote each other "beautiful letters and fell in love", he dismissed the statements as "just a figure of speech".
When Stahl pointed out they were still a strong endorsement, and listed the rap sheet against Kim, ranging from public executions to the assassination of half-brother Kim Jung-nam, Trump replied: "I'm not a baby, I don't know these things.
"I have a good energy with him, I have a good chemistry with him. Look at the horrible threats that were made. No more threats. No more threats."
Trump said he trusted the North Korean leader to denuclearise but admitted he didn't know whether the authoritarian state was currently developing new missiles.
During his address to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump revealed that Kim had requested a second summit with him.
The first was conducted in June, after the US president increased pressure on Kim, calling him "little rocket man" and threatening "fire and fury" if North Korea did not stop its aggressive rhetoric and nuclear weapons development.
He said sanctions would not be lifted, saying: "This isn't the Obama administration."
During an exchange over Brett Kavanaugh and Russia he said: "I'm President and you're not."
The pair also batted-around the Mueller investigation and climate change during Sunday's half hour head-to-head.
At one point Stahl challenges on his comments about Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Trump denied he "made fun of her" before saying: "I’m not going to get into it because we won. It doesn’t matter. We won."
The President doubled down on his assertion that there was no collusion with the Kremlin.
He said: "I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind."
Pressed if he would vow on camera to shut down the investigation, he replied: "Why should I pledge to you? If I pledge, I’ll pledge.
"I don’t have to pledge to you."
He added: "Do you really think I’d call Russia to help me with an election? Give me a break.
"They wouldn’t be able to help me at all. Call Russia. It’s so ridiculous."
He did agree that Russia had meddled in elections but added: “They — they meddled. But I think China meddled too.”
Trump said he got "tough" with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Helsinki in July.
He said: "It was a very tough meeting and it was a very good meeting."
Asked about Putin’s involvement in assassinating political foes, Trump said, “Probably he is, yeah.”
“But I rely on them, it’s not in our country."
On Brett Kavanaugh
Stahl challenged Trump over "making fun" of Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sex attack accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
She pointed out his audience was clapping and laughing as he challenged her testimony at a rally in Mississippi earlier this month.
He said: "Had I not made that speech, we would not have won.
"I was just saying she didn't seem to know anything."
"Do you think you treated her with respect?" Stahl asked.
Trump replied: "I think so, yeah. I did."
Trump defended his zero-tolerance immigration policy and separating children from their parents at the border.
He said: "The same as the Obama law. You know, Obama had the same thing."
Stahl said that Obama did not enforce the law.
Trump added: "When you don't do it, when you allow the parents to stay together, okay, when you allow that, then what happens is people are gonna pour into our country."
He said: "There have to be consequences, Lesley, for coming into our country illegally."
Trump blamed himself for attracting illegal immigrants by making the US economy so strong.
On the anonymous New York Time op-ed
Trump suggested the paper could have authored the controversial whistle-blowing article.
He said: "You don't know how dishonest The New York Times is. It could've been The New York Times.
"I doubt it. But it could've been."
"Okay. I doubt it too," Stahl said.
On climate change
Trump denied that Hurricane Michael and other "super storms" were proof of climate change.
He said: "Something's changing and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference.
"But I don't know that it's manmade."
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