The results are clear: Judging from Trump’s embrace of the use of air power – the signature tactic of US military intervention – he is the most hawkish president in modern history.
Former Obama State Department Spokesman John Kirby praised President Donald Trump’s national security team Thursday on CNN’s “New Day”, saying Trump is doing a “commendable job” forming an global coalition to deal with North Korea. Meanwhile, U.S. senior diplomat Joseph Yun has spent months conducting back-channel diplomacy with Pyongyang. Yun and North Korean diplomat Pak Song II negotiated the release of imprisoned American college student Otto Warmbier in June.
The rebuke comes as tensions have heightened over North Korea’s threats to strike the USA with nuclear weapons.
“We are going to be increasing our budget by many billions of dollars, we’ll probably be able to report that over the next week”, Sputnik quoted Trump as saying.
Any negotiation would face huge skepticism in Washington given North Korea’s long record of broken promises.
While the USA has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagon’s program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems. -North Korea negotiations collapsed in 2012 when Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket that derailed an agreement of a North Korean nuclear freeze in exchange for US food aid.
Defense Secretary James Mattis and Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, also have encouraged a peaceful resolution to the tensions. “Not even a question, not even close”, Trump told reporters in Bedminster, N.J. “Nobody, including North Korea, will be threatening us with anything”, he added. More than half of likely voters surveyed, 53 percent, said they disapprove of the job Trump has done during his first 200 days in office.
SEOUL – North Korea’s military on Thursday unveiled its detailed plan on intermediate-range ballistic missile strikes around Guam, home to strategically important US air force and navy bases.
While Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters blathers on about how President Donald Trump is an “incompetent” leader, it’s worth pointing out that Trump’s approach to White House leakers has been shrewd and moderate. “Trump accrued financial wealth, but he never accrued cultural capital, at least not among the people from whom he most wanted it”. Warmbier, 22, was held in North Korea for 17 months and returned to the U.S.in a coma.