On Tuesday President Donald Trump announced that if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S., they will be met with fire and fury, but in 1999 Trump told NBC that he would deal with North Korea by “negotiating like crazy.”

In October 1999, Trump was on Meet the Press with Tim Russert, who asked him if he was president, would he launch a preemptive strike against North Korea? To which Trump responded:

“First I’d negotiate. I would negotiate like crazy, and I’d make sure we try to get the best deal possible… If a man walks up and puts a gun to your head and says ‘give me your money,’ wouldn’t you rather know where he is coming from before he had the gun in his hand? These people, in three or four years are going to be having nuclear weapons, they’re going to have those weapons pointed all over the world, specifically at the United States.”