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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the House Ways and Means committee in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump said past presidents 'left me a mess' in North Korea, 'but I'll fix the mess'


Updated September 26, 2017 01:56 PM EDT

President Trump holds a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Updated September 26, 2017 02:26 PM EDT

President Trump blamed past presidents for rising global tensions over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles capable of delivering them.

"North Korea is a situation that should have been handled 25 years ago, 20 years ago, 15 years ago, 10 years ago and five years ago," he said. "You have many administrations that left me a mess, but I'll fix the mess."

"He's acting very badly," Trump added of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "He's saying things that should never have been said."

Updated September 26, 2017 02:19 PM EDT

President Trump on Tuesday denied he is "preoccupied" by recent protests over the national anthem in the National Football League (NFL).

"I wasn't preoccupied by the NFL," he said during a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. "I was ashamed by what is taking place."

"To me, that was a very important situation," Trump continued. "I have plenty of time on my hands. All I do is work. I think it is a very important thing for the NFL to not allow people to kneel during the national anthem."

Trump said that he finds kneeling during the national anthem "disrespectful" to U.S. military veterans who have died or suffering injuries for the nation.

"For people to disrespect that by kneeling during the playing of our national anthem, I think it is disgraceful," he said.

We asked veterans how they really feel about the NFL anthem protests.

We asked veterans how they really feel about the NFL anthem protests

Updated September 26, 2017 02:09 PM EDT

President Trump on Tuesday said that the U.S. has been "tested by the force of Mother Nature" following several hurricanes this year.

"Over the last few weeks we have been tested by the force of Mother Nature," he said during a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. "We will respond to it with an even mightier force - the resolve of the American spirit."

Trump also said he would visit both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria's recent passage over the pair of American territories.

"The recovery process will be a very, very difficult one," he said. "We will be stronger, we will be bigger, we will be better."

"I have directed all relevant departments and agencies to assist in the response and recovery effort."

"Our team has been incredible after having gone through Texas and Florida with further stops along the way."

President Trump on Tuesday conducted a joint press conference alongside Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The conference followed Trump’s luncheon with Rajoy earlier that afternoon after the Spanish leader reached Washington, D.C. on Monday.

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Trump spoke with Rajoy last month, offering “the full support of the the United States” following a terrorist attack in Barcelona.

A van rammed into crowds of tourists in a popular pedestrian area of the city, leaving more than a dozen people dead and 50 others wounded.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has since claimed credit for the incident, one of several involving automobiles this year.

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