Trump on North Korea: ‘We’re prepared for anything’

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a TV screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea detonates its strongest ever nuclear test explosion and Trump takes to Twitter to criticize both North and South Korea, China and “any country doing business” with Pyongyang. But the tweet storm will be noticed in Asia as much for what’s missing as for the tough words. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Washington (CNN) — President Donald Trump boasted that the US is “prepared for anything” when it comes to the North Korea nuclear crisis and emphasized the importance of China’s role during an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo broadcast on Sunday morning.

Trump said he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping has “the power to do something very significant with respect to North Korea.”

But no matter Xi’s actions, Trump said the United States is “prepared for anything” when it comes to North Korea.

“We’ll see what happens. … We are so prepared, like you wouldn’t believe,” he said.

Trump further praised China’s actions on North Korea, adding that he and Xi have an “exceptional relationship.”

“They have been helping us,” Trump said. “They’re closing off their banking systems to North Korea. They have cut the oil way down. Now, the banking systems we can see, because they all come through (the United States) as you know.”

But the President maintained that though China is assisting in keeping North Korea’s aggressions at bay, the United States has their own preparations underway.

“You would be shocked to see how totally prepared we are if we need to be,” he added. “Would it be nice not to do that? The answer is yes. Will that happen? Who knows, who knows, Maria.”

Previously Trump has criticized China for not doing enough to rein in North Korea.

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