Fri, Sept 15, 2017: Trump addresses N. Korean threat in speech marking 70th anniversary of founding of U.S. Air Force

President Donald Trump addressed military personnel and their families at Joint Base Andrews on Friday, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Air Force.

Earlier in the day, the president participated in an air fleet demonstration at the base.

During his speech, Trump addressed the threats to the United States, including terrorism and the North Korean regime. Continue reading “Fri, Sept 15, 2017: Trump addresses N. Korean threat in speech marking 70th anniversary of founding of U.S. Air Force”

Fri, Aug 11, 2017: Trump delivers statement following national security briefing

President Donald Trump tweeted that military solutions are “locked and loaded” as officials said Friday they plan to move ahead with large-scale U.S.-South Korea exercises later this month that North Korea, now finalizing plans to launch a salvo of missiles toward Guam, claims are a rehearsal for war.

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Tue, Aug 8, 2017: Trump warns North Korea of ‘fire and fury’ if threats continue

President Trump, facing a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, warned the country on Tuesday against any new provocations and issued his own threat of “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump told reporters from the clubhouse of his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., where he was being briefed separately on the opioid epidemic. “They will be met with fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”

Trump added that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

The comments came after a report in the Washington Post on Tuesday citing a U.S. intelligence assessment that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be affixed to missiles, greatly expanding the country’s range and power.

Trump’s rhetoric in some ways mirrors his North Korean counterpart’s with its muscularity, though it is also in line with Trump’s blunt style.

–The Los Angeles Times, Noah Bierman

Sat, Aug 5, 2017: Trump shares thoughts on Sessions, North Korea on Twitter

President Trump might be on a “working vacation,” but he made it clear on Saturday night that he’s not taking a break from Twitter.

A flurry of tweets and retweets on varied topics included one disputing the notion that he is actually on vacation at all. Aides have described the president’s planned 17-day stretch at his secluded golf club here as a “working vacation,” suggesting that he won’t be seen much in public but will be talking a good deal to lawmakers and staff.

“Working in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned construction is being done at the White House,” Trump said on Twitter. “This is not a vacation — meetings and calls!” Continue reading “Sat, Aug 5, 2017: Trump shares thoughts on Sessions, North Korea on Twitter”

Sat, July 8, 2017: Trump talks trade, N. Korean threat with China’s President Xi Jinping

U.S. President Donald Trump took a conciliatory tone on Saturday at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping where the leaders agreed to keep working on two pressing issues: the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and bilateral trade irritants.

Trump campaigned in last year’s presidential election on cracking down on China for its trade practices, but he softened his rhetoric after taking office, saying he wanted to work with China on the nuclear issue. Continue reading “Sat, July 8, 2017: Trump talks trade, N. Korean threat with China’s President Xi Jinping”

Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump holds press conference with Polish president, talks North Korea, election meddling

President Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda held a joint news conference ahead of Mr. Trump’s speech to the Polish people later Thursday morning.

Mr. Trump arrived in Warsaw on Wednesday for a brief visit — his return to Europe after a shaky first trip to the continent in May, when he sought to reassure NATO allies that he supports Article 5, the principle of collective defense of the alliance.

The joint appearance with Duda was President Trump’s first overseas news conference, and he was quickly asked about the successful intercontinental ballistic missile test carried out by North Korea on July 4. Continue reading “Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump holds press conference with Polish president, talks North Korea, election meddling”

Fri, June 30, 2017: Trump holds press conference with South Korea’s President Moon, condemns ‘reckless’ N. Korea

President Trump on Friday denounced the “reckless and brutal” regime in North Korea and demanded that Pyongyang choose “a better path” to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula over its nuclear weapons program.

Appearing in the Rose Garden with new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump pledged a “determined response” to the threat and renewed calls for regional allies and powers to implement stronger economic sanctions on Pyongyang, a day after his administration sanctioned a Chinese bank over allegations that it laundered money for North Korean companies.

“Our goal is peace, stability and prosperity for the region,” Trump said in a prepared statement. “But the United States will defend itself, always will defend itself — always. And we will always defend our allies.”

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Thur, Apr. 27, 2017: In Reuters interview, Trump says possibility of war with North Korea is ‘major’

President Donald Trump says there is “absolutely” a chance that the United States and North Korea could end up in a “major, major conflict.”

His comments follow multiple North Korean missile tests, which have escalated tensions between the rogue Asian nation and its neighbors, as well as the U.S.

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump said in a Reuters interview released Thursday night.

But despite these ominous words, the president said, “we’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”

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Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump summons senators for briefing on North Korea

Several Senate Republicans described the full Senate briefing on North Korea at the White House Wednesday as a thorough accounting of the administration’s diplomatic and military options when it comes to dealing with Kim Jong Un.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called it “a long and detailed briefing.”

“The military is obviously planning for a number of options, as they should — minimal military action to more significant action,” Cruz said. “It’s of course the hope of the administration and Congress that military action isn’t necessary. If there’s a clear and imminent threat to the U.S., our military needs to be prepared to act and I believe they are prepared to act to keep our country safe.”

The senators were invited at the personal invitation of President Donald Trump after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, requested a briefing. The president stopped by the briefing at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds.

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