President Trump won’t be drawing any of the internationally familiar Obama pink lipstick lines in the sand and no foreign adversary doubts he means what he says. They can think or say what they will about the President’s style and penchant for straight talk. It, along with his deal making abilities, will serve him well when it comes to handling international crises.
Other nations assumed first that the bicycle-helmet wearing Steve Urkel wannabe who squatted in our White House prior to January 20th was bluffing. That is not a belief that is associated with President Trump. If he draws a line in the sand, it’s going to be bright red and meant to be observed.
President Trump warned on Sunday that if China doesn’t gain control of their rogue puppet in North Korea, the US will take appropriate action, unilaterally if necessary, to eliminate the North Korean threat.
President Trump would very much prefer that China exert their influence in a manner that they are still reluctant to employ, avoiding all of the negative realities associated with military action. Kim Jong-un is out of time, his hostile provocations have sent the message loud and clear. Serious, meaningful corrective action must take place and quickly. His willingness to act if China refuses is a message he plans to deliver personally and stress to Chinese President Xi Jinping next week when he visits the US.
President Trump told the Financial Times, “China has great influence over North Korea. China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.” The Daily reports that the White House sees the North Korean threat as the most critical for the Us and our allies. Not only are Japan and South Korea, along with the significant US troops deployed their under direct threat, so are other nations and potentially Hawaii, Alaska and the US west coast.
North Korea has had every appearance of being on a campaign to see just how far they can push the new American administration. Since the election they have tested a new type of Ballistic missile, fired four ballistic missiles in a mock attack against a US base in Japan, tested a high thrust rocket engine and tested another, unidentified missile. This is in addition to provocations under Obama that went unchallenged in the belief that one day North Korea would grow weary of bullying their neighbors, the passive acceptance mislabeled as “strategic patience” nonsense.
The Daily Caller notes that the uptick in activity around the Punggye-ri site indicates that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear test in the near term. K. T. McFarland, Deputy White House National Security Adviser, commented to the Financial Times, “There is a real possibility that North Korea will be able to hit the U.S. with a nuclear-armed missile by the end of the first Trump term.”
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