President Donald Trump took questions today beside the prime minister of Spain in the Rose garden today at the White House.
The handful of questions ranged from the national anthem protest to the Venezuela dictatorship. Trump was relatively restrained in his answers until asked about North Korea.
A reporter asked the president about the North Korean foreign minister saying the U.S. had “declared war” on their country and the North Korean threats to shoot down American planes. Trump said the U.S. is “totally prepared” for military action against North Korea saying the military option would be “devastating for North Korea.”
Trump shifted tone to talking about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he was “acting very badly” and “saying things that should never, ever be said.”
Trump then described how previous administrations had passed him the North Korean problem by refusing to solve it. Trump became frustrated, counting down the years that the buck has been passed on the hermit nation with nuclear ambitions.
“The things that he’s said over the last year, and if you look back, the things he said in past administrations. North Korea is a situation that should have been handled 25 years ago, 20 years ago, 15 years ago, 10 years ago, and five years ago. You had various administrations, many administrations which left me a mess.”
Then, Trump declared his intention for the situation in five words (emphasis added):
“But I’ll fix the mess,” Trump said. “So we’ll see what happens with North Korea.”
The rhetoric matches the administration’s muscular tone last week at the U.N. where the president said he would “totally destroy” the communist dictator’s nation.
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