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Trump: Without me 'Olympics would have been a total failure'

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President Trump took credit for the success of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

During a campaign rally for state Rep. Rick Saccone (R), who is running for Congress, Trump also took credit for a lessened threat of nuclear attack surrounding the games.

"I'll tell you, we did a great job on the Olympics," Trump said. "President Moon of South Korea said without Donald Trump the Olympics would have been a total failure."

"It's a little hard to sell tickets when you think you are going to be nuked," he added. "But when North Korea called and said they wanted to be in the Olympics, everybody said let's get tickets and go."

Trump also touted his decision to accept a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to talk about denuclearization, something which Trump said previous administrations would not or could not have attempted.

"When the South Korean representatives who just left North Korea came outside, a big throng of press, they announced Kim Jong-un would like to meet with President Trump," the president told the crowd.

"Well, they say well, Obama could have done that. Trust me, he wouldn't have done it. By the way, neither would bush or Clinton," he added, continuing: "Anybody could have done it. Obama could have done it. Obama had his chance."

Trump shocked many in Washington and around the world this week when he announced that he had accepted a meeting with North Korea's Kim on the grounds that North Korea would cease missile tests in the weeks leading up two the two leaders' historic talks.

"The deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the World," Trump tweeted Friday. "Time and place to be determined."

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