President Trump told reporters that he was happy with the ‘success’ of the strike on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan using the so called ‘mother of all bombs’, before saying that North Korea will also ‘be taken care of’.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 13, 2017
The President said that the bombing was “Really another successful job,” while speaking to reporters at the White House.
“We’re very, very proud of our military. We are so proud of our military and it was another successful event.” Trump added.
“I authorize my military” Trump replied when asked if he had authorized the strike.
“We have the greatest military in the world and they’ve done their job as usual, so we have given them total authorization. That’s what they’re doing.” The President continued.
Trump also took a stab at his predecessor, suggesting that he has done more in eight weeks than Obama did in eight years.
“Frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately. If you look at what’s been happening over the last eight weeks and compare that with really what’s happened the last eight years, you’ll see there’s a tremendous difference.” Trump declared.
“So we have incredible leaders in the military, and we have incredible military. We are very proud of them. This was another very, very successful mission.” he reiterated.
When asked if the strike on ISIS sent any message to North Korea, Trump replied “I don’t know if this sends a message… It doesn’t make a difference if it does or not.”
“North Korea is a problem. It’s a problem that will be taken care of.” Trump exclaimed.
The President then praised the Chinese leader for taking the initiative and pressuring North Korea.
“I will say this — I think China has really been working very hard. I have really gotten to like and respect President Xi. He’s a terrific person. We spent a lot of time together in Florida. And he’s a very special man. So we’ll see how it goes. I think he’s going to try very hard.” Trump stated.
It’s a position that even the mainstream media has admitted Trump has made headway on. The Washington Post published a piece this week headlined ‘China is suddenly leaning on North Korea — and it might be thanks to Trump’.
“Something interesting is happening in China and perhaps President Trump deserves some credit.” writes reporter John Pomfret.
“For the first time, the Chinese government appears to have laid down a bottom-line with North Korea and is threatening Pyongyang with a response of “unprecedented ferocity” if the government of Kim Jong Un goes ahead with a test of either an intercontinental ballistic missile or a nuclear device.” the report notes.
The Chinese government said Friday that tension over North Korea had to be stopped from reaching an “irreversible and unmanageable stage”.
“We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or actions, and not let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing.
The Korean government has bombastically declared that it will go to war with the US if it is provoked.
“If the US comes with reckless military maneuvers, then we will confront it with the DPRK’s [the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] pre-emptive strike,” North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told AP.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 14, 2017