No sitting U.S. president is known to have spoken with a North Korean leader.
It's unclear if President Trump said "I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un" or "I'd probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un".
Not everyone who was in the meeting has confirmed that Trump said the remarks., R-Ark., and David Perdue, R-Ga. said in a joint statement they "do not recall" Trump saying that. would not confirm the remarks either, but noted that he spoke up during the meeting when Trump said whatever he said.
North Korea has repeatedly threatened to turn the United States into "darkness and ashes" using the nuclear weapons they are developing at a surprisingly rapid rate. "I just don't want to comment".
The president's remarks come after North and South Korea this week held their first talks in two years, and the North agreed to participate in the Winter Olympics in the South next month.
Mr Trump has called Kim "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".
Trump then asked aloud why "the pretty Korean lady" wasn't working on the North Korean nuclear crisis, NBC News reported, citing "two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange".
After the woman answered that her parents are Korean, Trump reportedly suggested to another advisor in the room that the "pretty Korean lady" should be negotiating with North Korea.
At the same time, USA troops are reportedly training in the kind of tunnel warfare - and buying the specific kinds of gear - necessary to wage war in North Korea.
Following a Trump's speech to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. journalist April Ryan, of American Urban Radio, accused him of racism, calling out, "Mr. President, are you a racist?"