President Donald Trump said he didn't like using harsh rhetoric against Kim Jong Un, but he said it helped set the table for his historic meeting with the North Korean leader.

Trump and Kim signed a document on Tuesday stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

In an interview that will air on "Hannity" Tuesday at 9:00pm ET, Trump was asked about some of the controversial remarks he had previously made, including calling Kim "Little Rocket Man" and saying that North Korea's continued threats against the U.S. would be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”


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“I think without the rhetoric we wouldn’t have been here. I really believe that. We did sanctions and all of the things that you would do," Trump said. "Other administrations ... had a policy of silence. If [North Korea] said something very bad, very threatening and horrible, just don’t answer. That’s not the answer. That’s not what you have to do.”

“So I think the rhetoric -- I hated to do it. Sometimes I felt foolish doing it. But we had no choice.”

Watch Sean Hannity discuss the historic Singapore summit below and see his full interview with President Trump tonight at 9:00pm ET on Fox News Channel.


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