The beautiful thing about President Trump is that he knows when to not back down. Unlike some of our previous administrations that would say something but never actually back their words up with actions, our President knows when he needs to show strength and resolve in the face of foreign threats.
In the ongoing escalation of tensions between North Korea and the United States, Trump sent a hard-hitting message to the rogue nation’s leader. “They should be very nervous. Things will happen to them like they never thought possible. [Kim Jong-un] has been pushing the world around for a very long time,” said Trump, speaking with Vice President Mike Pence at his golf course in New Jersey. This came after earlier remarks when he said he thought Pyongyang facing “fire and fury” might not have been “tough enough.”
Tensions first arose earlier on July 4th when North Korea first demonstrated its ability to launch ICBM’s with ranges that could reach Hawaii and Alaska. Ever since that somber Independence Day message sent by the North Koreans, tensions have been mounting, especially in light of recent revelations of a North Korean plan to fire four missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam. The plan will be ready for Jong-un’s consideration in mere days.
With the island’s population of around 160,000 at potential risk, Trump issued his famous remarks that “they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Trump refused to comment when asked whether he would consider a pre-emptive strike. Instead, he remarked that the American people should be “very comfortable” despite the saber-rattling of the North Koreans.
According to Reuters, a Chinese state-run newspaper said that should North Korea launch an initial attack on the United States, China would remain neutral, but if the opposite were the case and the US launched a pre-emptive strike, then the Chinese would “stop them.”
“Maybe it wasn’t tough enough,” Trump said at a Presidential press conference, “they’ve been doing this to our country for many years and it’s about time someone stuck up for the people of this country, and for the people of others countries. So, if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”
When a reporter asked the president what would be tougher than “fire or fury,” Trump merely said, “we’ll see.”
He also suggested that he would look to change his stance toward China’s trade imbalance with the US if they don’t do more to help with the geopolitical situation.
As covered in a previous Christian News Alerts story, the North Korean situation was first met with a policy of appeasement under the Clinton administration back in 1994. They provided the rogue state $5 billion in cash as well as two nuclear reactors if the government promised to give up on their nuclear weapons ambitions.
President Trump has been criticized by the media for his tough talk on North Korea. Have Trump’s words been too tough?
It was discovered that these promises were violated the very next day! Thanks to former President Bill Clinton, his diplomat, former President Jimmy Carter, and all the subsequent presidents who have not dealt with North Korea when they could have, we are now facing this threat–a threat that could endanger hundreds of thousands of lives.
Kicking the can down the road is no longer an option anymore for Americans where North Korea is concerned. Thank God that the current president feels the same way.