THE WHITE HOUSE

POTUS Matches And Raises Kim’s Rhetoric

North Korea

As the crisis escalates, POTUS sends a new message to North Korea.

Q: What did you mean by “military solutions are locked and loaded”?

POTUS: “I think it’s pretty obvious. We are looking at that very carefully and I hope they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean. So hopefully they will understand, Peter, exactly what I said and the meaning of those words. Those words are very, very easy to understand.”

Q: Any progress on the diplomatic backchannel?

POTUS: “Well, we don’t want to talk about progress, we don’t want to talk about backchannels. We want to talk about a country that has misbehaved for many many years, decades actually, through numerous administrations and they didn’t want to take on the issue and I had no choice but to take it on, and I’m taking it on. And we’ll either be very, very successful quickly or we’re going to be very, very successful in a different way, quickly.”

Q: Angela Merkel says she sees no military solution to a fight with North Korea, why is she wrong?

POTUS: “Maybe she’s speaking for Germany, let her speak for Germany. She’s a friend of mine, she’s a very good person, a very good woman, she’s a friend of Ivanka. Perhaps she is referring to Germany. She’s certainly not referring to the United States, that I can tell you.”

Q: What do you say to critics who say that your rhetoric is actually raising the tension?
POTUS: Well, you know, my critics are only saying that because it’s me. If somebody else uttered the exact same words that I uttered, they’d say what a great statement, what a wonderful statement.. But I will tell you, we have tens of millions of people in this country that are so happy with what I am saying, because they say finally we have a president that’s sticking up for our nation and frankly, sticking up for our friends and our allies. And this man will not get away with what he is doing, believe me. And if he utters one threat, in the form of an overt threat, which by the way he has been uttering for years, and his family has been uttering for years, or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast.

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