(National Sentinel)Â War Drums: President Donald J. Trump gave reporters a cryptic message during a press gaggle following a meeting with his military chiefs, saying that it could have represented the “calm before the storm.”
As reported byÂ The Daily Caller:
White House reporters were called to the State Dining Room and asked to document a formal dinner Trump spontaneously decided to host for his military advisers. Trump referred to the impromptu dinner and photo shoot as â€œthe calm before the storm,â€ before praising the military and reiterating his array of military options with respect to North Korea.
â€œYou guys know what this represents?â€ Trump asked. â€œMaybe itâ€™s the calm before the storm.â€
One reporter replied asking Trump to explain what he specifically he was referring to, offering the Islamic State, North Korea and Iran as potential answers.Â
Trump replied simply, â€œyouâ€™ll find out.â€
Trump also praised his commanders, describing them as “the world’s great military people.”
Reports claimed that Trump and his military staff discussed options for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear threat and whether or not the president should re-certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration.
But then the president issued another stark warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
â€œWe cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or allies with unimaginable loss of life,â€ he said, vowing to â€œdo what we must do to prevent that from happening and it will be done, if necessary. Believe me.â€
Earlier,Â General John E. Hyten, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, toldÂ RealClearDefense that the Pentagon has to assume that North Korea has nuclear weapons.
What’s more, in September theÂ Asia Times reported that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee that earlier this year, he informed the Chinese that the Pentagon had drawn up military options for North Korea and presented them to Trump.
â€œWeâ€™re at the phase now where implementation of the sanctions is going to determine whether or not we have a peaceful solution to denuclearization on the peninsula,” he told the panel.
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