President Trump has already tackled Syria, showing he is unafraid to stand up to evil leaders. Now, he is setting his sights on how to deal with North Korea, as the country has more than once since the inauguration thrown out threats to the United States.
Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster said on Sunday that the Commander in Chief had told the security team that he wants a list of ways to deal with the North Koreans.
Speaking to Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace about the deployment, McMaster said: ‘It’s prudent to do it, isn’t it? Presidents before and President Trump agreed that that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearization of the peninsula.”
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‘The president has asked [us] to be prepared to give us a full range of options to remove that threat.’
The news comes after Trump launched cruise missiles against Assad in Syria last week, the first time the US has directly targeted the regime during the conflict.
North Korea denounced Trump’s attack as an act of ‘intolerable aggression’ and one that justified ‘a million times over’ its push toward a nuclear deterrent.
On Saturday Admiral Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, redirected the USS Carl Vinson strike group from Singapore to an area due east of the Korean Peninsula.
The Navy said the strike group ‘will operate in the Western Pacific rather than executing previously planned port visits to Australia.’
The moves come a week after Trump warned China that he is willing to go it alone in ‘solving’ the North Korea issue.
While the President did not make it clear what that solution would look like, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has since insisted it does not involve removing the Kim regime.
‘That is not our objective and so the whole reasons underlying the development of a nuclear program in North Korea are simply not credible,’ Tillerson told ABC.
He said the United States expects China, the main ally of North Korea, to do more to rein in the regime in Pyongyang.
‘They have indicated that they will, and I think we need to allow them time to take actions,’ Tillerson said.