Lesley Stahl speaks with President Trump about a wide selection of object in his first 60 minute interview due to the fact that taking office

Lesley Stahl: You"ve had actually a string of wins lately. Let"s see, the economy, the d-- the trade deal-

President Donald Trump: Right.

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Lesley Stahl: v Canada and Mexico, Kavanaugh--

President Donald Trump: and South Korea.

Lesley Stahl: and South Korea. And also Kavanaugh, the confirmation.

President Donald Trump: There has been no management in the background of our country, and also I to speak this openly and also proudly, that in its very first two years--

Lesley Stahl: Say, this is modesty.

President Donald Trump: Well, it"s not also that, it"s a reality Tax cuts, regulation cuts, the greatest regulations cut in history.

President Trump explains his relationship with Kim Jong Un

Lesley Stahl: What around North Korea? Talking about accom--

President Donald Trump: Well, I take into consideration it a, therefore far, an excellent achievement. Look, we--

Lesley Stahl: You to speak "so far"?

President Donald Trump: It"s always so far, til everything"s done. I-- I-- you know, deals are deals, okay? whether it"s a real estate transaction or a sleeve deal, it doesn"t matter. Yet I will say this. The day prior to I came in, us were goin" come war through North Korea. I sat with President Obama--

Lesley Stahl: we were goin" come war?

President Donald Trump: --and-- us were gonna--I think it was going to end up in war. And also my impression is-- and also even in my first few months, ns mean, that rhetoric was as difficult as it can possibly get. Doesn"t get any type of tougher 보다 that. Nobody"s ever heard rhetoric that tough. We were going come war v North Korea. Now, you don"t hear that. Friend don"t hear any kind of talk that it. And also he doesn"t wanna go to war, and also we don"t wanna walk to war, and he understands denuclearization and he"s agreed come it. And you view that, he"s agreed come it. No missiles.

Lesley Stahl: execute you trust him?

President Donald Trump: I do trust him, yeah, i trust him. That doesn"t median I can"t be proven wrong --

Lesley Stahl: Why would--

President Donald Trump: around it?

Lesley Stahl: you to trust him?

President Donald Trump: Well, first of all, if i didn"t to trust him, i wouldn"t say the to you. Wouldn"t i be foolish to tell you ideal here, top top 60 Minutes--

Lesley Stahl: Well, mental what Reagan said. "Trust, but verify."

President Donald Trump: Sure. I know. It"s-- it"s really true. However the truth is, I perform trust him. However we"ll see what happens.

Lesley Stahl: however is that true that they haven"t acquired rid the a solitary weapon, and they may actually it is in building more missiles-

President Donald Trump: They desire to--

Lesley Stahl: with nuclear--

President Donald Trump: and also I will tell you that they"re closing up sites.

Lesley Stahl: But--

President Donald Trump: setting it up.

Lesley Stahl: Is what I said true, the they haven"t? Gotten--

President Donald Trump: Well, nobody yes, really knows. Ns mean, human being are speak that. I"ve actually said that.

Lesley Stahl: What? that they"re still building missiles, an ext missiles?

President Donald Trump: we don"t yes, really know, Lesley. We really don"t know. However I assume--

Lesley Stahl: suspect that?

President Donald Trump: Let"s say the prize is yes, okay? In the meantime, lock haven"t tested a missile. They haven"t tested a rocket. They definitely haven"t excellent a atom test due to the fact that you know about them genuine fast. It sort of move the earth. And we have a relationship now.

In this handout photograph listed by The Strait Times, North korean leader Kim Jong Un through President Trump during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. Getty

Lesley Stahl: among the things that Kim has actually asked for is for you to ease the sanctions.

President Donald Trump: we haven"t excellent that.

Lesley Stahl: are you all set to perform that? What-- what walk he need to do--

President Donald Trump: No, No. I--

Lesley Stahl: prior to you"re--

President Donald Trump: No I"m no doing it. This isn"t the Obama administration. I haven"t eased the sanctions. I haven"t excellent anything. Ns haven"t done anything. We"re meeting. I believe he likes me. I favor him. We have a great relationship. It"s an extremely important.

President Trump at rally: "And climate we fell in love, okay. No really. He wrote me beautiful letters. And also they"re an excellent letters. We fell in love."

Lesley Stahl: i wanna review you his resume, okay? the presides over a cruel kingdom the repression, gulags, starvation-- reports that he had actually his half-brother assassinated, servant labor, public executions. This is a man you love?

President Donald Trump: Sure. I know all these things. I mean-- I"m no a baby. I recognize these things.

Lesley Stahl: ns know, yet why execute you love that guy?

President Donald Trump: Look, look. I-- I-- i like-- i get together with him, okay?

Lesley Stahl: however you love him.

President Donald Trump: Okay. That"s just a number of speech.

Lesley Stahl: No, it"s choose an embrace.

President Donald Trump: that well, let it it is in an embrace. Let it be whatever it is to obtain the project done.

Lesley Stahl: He"s a poor guy.

President Donald Trump: Look. Let that be whatever it is. I get along with him yes, really well. I have a good energy v him. I have actually a great chemistry v him. Look in ~ the horrible threats that were made. No an ext threats. No an ext threats.

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Lesley Stahl: China.

President Donald Trump: ns get together with him. It"s an extremely important. China, let"s go.

Lesley Stahl: I"m skipping throughout the human being here. You"ve slapped a many tariffs--

President Donald Trump: $250 billion.

Lesley Stahl: Gonna do more?

President Donald Trump: Might. Might.

Lesley Stahl: round three?

President Donald Trump: castle wanna negotiate, Lesley. Lock wanna negotiate.

Lesley Stahl: space you ready?

President Donald Trump: Look.

Lesley Stahl: room you ready to--

President Donald Trump: I have a good chemistry additionally with president Xi of China. Ns don"t understand that that"s have to going to continue. I told chairman Xi we cannot proceed to have actually China take it $500 billion a year the end of the United states in the kind of trade and also others things.

Lesley Stahl: and how-- how--

President Donald Trump: and I said we can"t perform that, and we"re no gonna do that anymore.

Lesley Stahl: exactly how much squeezing that them space you prepared to do when American assets are gonna be much more expensive for American consumers in the finish of every this?

President Donald Trump: Okay. Okay. So, so far, the hasn"t turned out to be the case.

Lesley Stahl: Some--

President Donald Trump: --if friend think around it, for this reason far, I placed 25% tariffs on steel dumping, and aluminum dumping 10%.

Lesley Stahl: yet they"ve--

President Donald Trump: --again.

Lesley Stahl: --retaliated. That"s what I"m asking.

President Donald Trump: They can retaliate, yet they can"t-- castle don"t have enough ammunition come retaliate. We do $100 billion through them. They carry out $531 billion with us.

Lesley Stahl: are you make the efforts to type of press them into a depression?

President Donald Trump: No no, although they"re down 32 percent in 4 months, i beg your pardon is 1929.

Lesley Stahl: fine that"s what I"m asking.

President Donald Trump: ns don"t want that. No, i don"t want that. I desire them come negotiate a fair resolve us. I want them to open up their industries like our-- our sectors are open.

Lesley Stahl: yet you"re in a--

President Donald Trump: and it will be a fair deal--

Lesley Stahl: --trade war ideal now. Trade war.

President Donald Trump: You contact it war, ns don"t call--

Lesley Stahl: You-- you--

President Donald Trump: --it--

Lesley Stahl: --you go today.

President Donald Trump: I called it a skirmish.

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Lesley Stahl: ns heard you, you referred to as it a war.

President Donald Trump: I called it, in reality I referred to as it a battle. But, actually, I"m gonna reduced that. I take into consideration it a skirmish. And also we"re gonna win.