In light of what is going on in Iran, President Donald Trump still has his attention focused, to an extent, on North Korea. Trump believes Kim Jong-un’s military regime is no match for the United States, and he is still committed to confront any kind of a nuclear threat from North Korea head-on, as he revealed in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News that aired on Wednesday.
The TV host asked the president about the unsettling “Calm before the storm” remarks he uttered ahead of a dinner with military officials and their wives on October 5.
Hannity pressed Trump, inquiring whether or not his comments were related to the head of the rogue state.
“It seems related to Rocket Man,” Hannity said, using Trump’s own words in referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“At this point this is going to come to a head,” he added, referring to Pyongyang’s rapidly expanding nuclear capability which, according to Pentagon officials, has become so advanced it is now capable of reaching U.S. mainland with an intercontinental ballistic missile.
“We can’t let this to go on. We just can’t,” Trump said during the interview.
As he has done in the past, Trump even resorted to blaming his Democrat predecessors Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for not doing what was necessary to handle the North Korea situation, and allowing it to reach the point it is at right now.
“This should have been handled 25 years ago, it should have been handled 20 years ago, and 10 years ago, and five years ago,” the president insisted.
His statements contradict what actually took place between the years 1993–2005, when North Korea did not test any missiles and when the United States was engaging in intense diplomatic efforts.
Trump, who recently tweeted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “wasting his time” in attempting to negotiate with North Korea, went ahead and praised U.S. military capabilities.
“I’m building up the military like no one has ever seen. We build the greatest military equipment in the world, we have missiles that can knock out a missile in the air 97 percent of the time. If you send two of them, it’s going to get knocked out.”
Interestingly enough, though, a report by Politico came out in July which stated that current and former military officials and experts are less confident of the U.S. missile defense capabilities.
The president has issued several threats to Pyongyang, such as the “totally destroy North Korea” line in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly in September, and has even taken to social media to post more ominous warnings.
Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017
...hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017
Hannity pushed and prodded the president for details on how he intends to confront North Korea, but Trump refused to explain his plan, maintaining his belief that unpredictability is the only righteous way to move forward with North Korea.
“I’m not saying I’m doing anything and I’m not saying I’m not, but we shouldn’t be talking about it,” Trump said.
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