Psident Trump on Thursday said his warning to bring “fire and fury” to North Korea may not have been “tough enough.” At a press conference outside the golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he summers, the American people should be “very comfortable.”
“The people of this country should be very comfortable, and I will tell you this: If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack, of anybody, that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous. I’ll tell you what,” Trump said.
REPORTER: What would be tougher than fire and fury?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, you’ll see. You’ll see.
QUESTION: Mr. President, is one of the options being considered a preemptive strike (inaudible)?
TRUMP: We don’t talk about that. I never do. I’m not like the other administration that would say, “We’re going into Mosul in four months.” I don’t talk about it. We’ll see what happens.
But I can tell you that what they’ve been doing and what they’ve been getting away with is a tragedy. And it can’t be allowed.
QUESTION: Mr. President, would (ph) you ever consider negotiations (inaudible)?
TRUMP: Sure, we’ll always consider negotiations. But they’ve been negotiating, now, for 25 years. Look at Clinton. He folded on the negotiations. He was weak and ineffective.
You look at what happened with Bush, you look what happened with Obama. Obama — he didn’t even want to talk about it. But I talk. It’s about time. Somebody has to do it. Somebody has to do it.
QUESTION: (inaudible) can you talk about your relationship with Senator McConnell?
TRUMP: I just want him to get repeal and replace done. I’ve been hearing “repeal and replace,” now, for seven years, but I’ve only been doing this for two years. And I’ve really only been doing this for six months, but I’ve been running, so now, it’s almost two years.
And all I hear is “repeal and replace.” And then I get there, and I said, “Where’s the bill, I want to sign it,” first day. And they don’t have it. And they passed repeal and replace, but they never had a president, frankly, or a Senate that was going to do it. But they never have — had a president. So it didn’t matter.
So I say, very simply, where is repeal and replace? Now I want tax reform and tax cuts. We’re going to reduce taxes for the people. We pay more tax than anybody in the world. And we’re going to reduce taxes. So I say tax cuts, tax reform.
And I want a very big infrastructure bill, where — we’re working on that very hard already. And we can do that. And we may even get bipartisan on infrastructure. But we want to have it.
But I said, “Mitch, get to work, and let’s get it done.” They should have had this last one done. They lost by one vote. For a thing like that to happen is a disgrace. And, frankly, it shouldn’t have happened. That, I can tell you — it shouldn’t have happened.
QUESTION: Would (ph) Senator McConnell consider stepping down as majority leader? There are some conservative analysts, including Sean Hannity, that say it’s time for him to retire.
TRUMP: Well, I’ll tell you what, if he doesn’t get repeal and replace done and if he doesn’t get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn’t get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure — if he doesn’t get them done, then you can ask me that question.
QUESTION: So what is that, a yes or a no?
TRUMP: You can ask me the — that means ask me that question in the future. Let’s hope he gets it done.
QUESTION: Mr. President, there’s some (ph) mixed messaging coming out of your administration on North Korea. Secretary Tillerson seemed to advocate for diplomacy; Secretary Mattis seemed to advocate for war.
TRUMP: There are no mixed messages. There are no mixed messages. I heard — I mean, to be honest, General Mattis may have taken it a step beyond what I said. There are no mixed messages. And Rex was just, you know, stating the view.
But, look, here’s the view. I said it yesterday. I don’t have to say it again. And I’ll tell you this: It may be tougher than I said it, not less. It may very well be tougher than I said it.
OK. How about one more?
QUESTION: Can you offer any assurance to the American people, who are understandably anxious about the situation with North Korea? The images have been (ph) missiles coming up in the air (ph), there’s threats of bombs (ph). They see your statement about fire and fury. Should they be comfortable you have this under control?
TRUMP: The people of this country should be very comfortable, and I will tell you this: If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous. I’ll tell you what. …read more
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