Have you ever heard the phrase, “Say what you mean or you’ll never mean what you say”? It may be a southern saying, but I remember hearing it many times growing up.
If there’s one thing I know, it’s that we won’t have to worry about Donald Trump saying things he doesn’t mean! He is a man of his word. Just when I think I couldn’t possibly like him anymore, he proves me wrong.
I wrote an article earlier today on President Trump responding to North Korea’s threat of beating the US into “jelly.” Trump simply responded that we are “locked and loaded” and that he hopes Kim Jong Un has a change of heart.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017
Now Trump has stated, “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,” he continued to tell reporters at his New Jersey golf club, “Those words are very, very easy to understand.”
Pres. Trump on his recent comments on North Korea: “I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said.” pic.twitter.com/aYbSitmmW8
— ABC News (@ABC) August 11, 2017
The Hill reports:
Trump’s recent comments carried his standoff with North Korea into a fourth day, interrupting his 17-day summer vacation in New Jersey. On Tuesday, the president said he would unleash “fire and fury” on the North if it continued to threaten the U.S.
That comment prompted North Korea’s military to announce that it is considering sending a missile toward the U.S. territory of Guam. Plans to do so, the country said Wednesday, would be in place by mid-August.
Trump on Friday said that such a strike on Guam, or an overt threat on the island territory or a U.S. ally, may trigger a military response from the U.S.
“This man will not get away with what he is doing, believe me,” the president said. “And if he utters one threat, in the form of an overt threat … 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.”
Trump’s bellicose rhetoric has raised concerns among leaders and citizens at home and abroad about the possibility of a nuclear-armed conflict between the U.S. and North Korea.
Some other officials in the Trump administration have sought to calm those fears and downplay the chances of a military engagement.
Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis told us Thursday, “The tragedy of war is well enough known. It does not need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic.”
Let us hope that North Korea steps back for the sake of their people, because their people will be the ones to suffer the most in this.
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