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Trump: I'd 'love to' talk to Mueller, wants fairness

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President Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House on May 4, 2018. (CNN) President Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House on May 4, 2018. (CNN)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he would "love to" speak to special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe but tells reporters he wants to ensure he'd be "treated fairly."

Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn on Friday, Trump again expressed interest in consenting to an interview.

The president says, "I would love to go. Nothing I want to do more." But he says he needs to "find that we're going to be treated fairly because everybody sees it now and it's a pure witch hunt."

Trump's comments come as he is now being advised by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The president insisted that "we're not changing any stories" about the 2016 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, even as he further muddied the explanation for the settlement by suggesting the new face of his legal team needs to "get his facts straight."

Trump said Giuliani, who upended the previous White House defense this week by saying the president knew about his personal lawyer Michael Cohen's payment to Daniels, was "a great guy but he just started a day ago" and said the former mayor of New York City was still "learning the subject matter."

The president added that "virtually everything" reported about the payments - which are the subject of swirling legal action and frenzied cable newsbreaks - was wrong. But he declined to elaborate.

Giuliani has warned Trump against sitting down for an interview with Mueller and has suggested the president needs to place limits on his level of cooperation.

The president also said Friday that the time and place has been set for his landmark meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un -- but kept the world guessing for now about the when and where.

Trump said that withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea was "not on the table" as he looks to get Kim to give up his nukes at what will be the first summit of between a U.S. and a North Korean leader.

The New York Times reported that Trump has asked the Pentagon to prepare plans for scaling back the U.S. military presence in the allied Asian nation. Some 28,500 U.S. forces are based there, a military presence that has been preserved since the Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.

North Korea has long sought the removal of those troops as one of its condition for denuclearization. It remains unclear if Kim has relaxed that demand as he turns to diplomacy with adversaries after a year of escalating tensions.

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