General Mattis Backs Trump’s Strong Talk on N. Korea While Dems Fret
Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis echoed his President Trump’s fiery warning Wednesday to the dictator of North Korea with harsh rhetoric of his own.
Trump was criticized roundly for leveling an initial threat against DPRK on Tuesday, after the report that North Korea is closer than previously believed to making good on its threats. The President let it be known that if Kim Jong Un decided to make good on his threats, the U.S. would respond disproportionately and memorably.
North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Referring to the volatile Kim, Trump said,
He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with fire and fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.
Key Democrats were quick to find fault with Trump’s warning. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer decried the comments as reckless:
We need to be firm and deliberate with North Korea, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe.
Maryland Representative Steny Hoyer, echoed Schumer saying,
President Trump’s threat against North Korea is reckless and shows a serious lack of judgment.
California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein also criticized Trump’s words but acknowledged that isolating North Korea, through sanctions and other measures, has failed to stop the country’s nuclear pursuits.
Isolating the North Koreans has not halted their pursuit of nuclear weapons. And President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments.
Typical partisan attacks on Trump from Democrat leadership, made all the more galling by the fact that the “soft” diplomatic approach from Barack Obama has led us to this point here. During the last three years of his presidency Kim Jong Un continued to ramp up his ballistic missiles testing, without much of s response from Obama other than weak “sanctions.”
We have been building to this point for a while, and Trump has decided to meet fire with fire so to speak.
Some in the press tried to make it seem as though Trump was shooting from the hip again without support from his military advisors, but were quickly shot down as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders told reporters Wednesday that the tone of the president’s remarks were discussed beforehand.
General Kelly and others on the NSC team were well aware of the tone of the statement of the president prior to delivery. The words were his own. The tone and strength of the message were discussed beforehand.
If that was confirmation enough that Trump’s comment were neither reckless nor unnecessary, battle-tested, four-star U.S. Marine Corps general Mattis followed up with an affirmation Wednesday that echoed the President.
The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.
Mattis also emphasized the heated political climate that President Trump found waiting for him regarding North Korea, owing to the fecklessness of the previous administration.
President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces.
Even after Trump’s warning Kim responded by threatening to create an “enveloping of fire” around the U.S. island of Guam, which has a large American military base, which precipitated General Mattis’ response.
President Trump made it his first order to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal, and far from being reckless, hopes he will never have to use there awesome power, but isn’t afraid to brandish that big stick when needed in the protection of the United States.
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