President Trump vowed to be the one to deal with North Korea if push came to shove. North Korea’s increasing nuclear threats have been causing fears all across the globe, with most countries as usual shirking contributing any military strength.
“Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,” Trump said in a new interview with the Financial Times. “That is all I am telling you.”
With China able to have the most influence on North Korea, the United States must continue to be a positive influence in both and President Trump must be able to cut deals with China to reduce nuclear threat.
The Daily Mail reports:
Asked if Trump would be able to cut a deal with the Chinese leader, Trump told the Financial Times that he has great ‘respect’ for both Xi and China.
‘I would not be at all surprised if we did something that would be very dramatic and good for both countries and I hope so,’ Trump explained.
Trump said he planned to bring up North Korea doing the two-day affair.
‘China has great influence over North Korea,’ the American president pointed out. ‘And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t.’
The billionaire businessman suggested that China could be incentivized by trade.
‘It is all about trade,’ Trump said.
He continued to grumble about how the U.S. has an ‘unfair deal’ when it comes to trade with China, but said he planned to hold off any talk of tariffs until his next encounter with Xi, as this first meeting will serve as an introduction.
‘You know when you talk about, when you talk about currency manipulation, when you talk about devaluations, they are world champions,’ Trump said of China.
‘And our country hasn’t had a clue, they haven’t had a clue. The past administration hasn’t had and many administrations – I don’t want to say only Obama; this has gone on for many years – They haven’t had a clue,’ the president continued.
‘But I do,’ the businessman-turned-politician added.
The Financial Times asked Trump if he believed he could solve the North Korea problem without China’s help.
‘Totally,’ Trump replied. ‘Totally.’
Trump wouldn’t talk strategy when asked about how he was going to approach the thorny topics of trade and North Korea with the Chinese leader, not even revealing what he planned to discuss first.
‘I’m not going to tell you,’ Trump said. ‘You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East. Where you way – I used it in the speeches – “We will be attacking Mosul in four months.” A month later, “We will be attacking Mosul in three months, in two months, in one months.”‘
‘And why are they talking? There is no reason to talk,’ Trump said of government officials’ propensity to show their hand.
The president, who’s still trying to recover from his party’s loss on health care reform, wouldn’t provide a timeline for tax reform either.
‘We will have a very massive and very strong tax reform. But I am not going to talk about when,’ Trump said.
Trump pledged to still get something done on health care too, sending out two tweets on the subject Sunday morning and weighing his options aloud during the interview that came out today.