In an interview with Ainsley Earhardt of the “Fox & Friends” TV show, President Donald Trump said that previous administrations had been taken down the primrose path by the North Korean regime. He said that the U.S. would no longer sit back and wait for Kim Jong Un to become a nuclear threat to the entire world.
“I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or thinking,” Trump said in the interview. “I’m not like other administrations where they say we are going to do this in four weeks. It doesn’t work – that ‘wait a minute, we’ll see what happens’ approach.”
Trump said the Obama administration had plenty of time to solve the North Korea problem.
“They have been talking with this gentleman for a long time,” said Trump. “You read Clinton’s book, where they said we made such a great peace deal, and it was a joke. You look at different things over the years with President Obama. Everybody has been outplayed. They have all been outplayed by this gentleman. We will see what happens. I just don’t telegraph my moves.”
The warmongering coming from the hermit kingdom is nothing new, but it’s only under President Trump that the U.S. has begun to rattle its own saber. Many see the Syrian missile strike, the MOAB blast in Afghanistan, and the military exercises in Japan and South Korea as part of the same package: Demonstrations of force intended to send a message to Kim Jong Un.
A message that says, “Just try us.”
President Trump still appears to hold out hope that China’s Xi Jinping will pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear weapons program, but it’s clear that this administration is willing to launch a preemptive strike against the regime if worse comes to worst. The ramifications of such a strike? One can only guess.
In the Republican primaries, Trump seemed more cognizant than his competitors about the need for the U.S. to re-evaluate its role in foreign affairs. It’s impossible to know if his positions on the Iraq War, NATO, and America’s “world police” status were strengths that helped him win or weaknesses that he overcame, but there’s no question that Trump the President has a different view on these matters than Trump the Candidate.
Maybe he’s been hijacked by the establishment. Maybe he simply knows things today that he didn’t know as a private citizen. Either way, we pray that Trump’s isolationist instincts have not disappeared from the map entirely. Yes, we should be willing to use force to defend our security. Let’s just make sure we aren’t starting something we don’t need to.