Donald Trump’s strong stance on North Korea is getting a lot of attention, and his actions are backing up his words.
Right after the president assured the world that the United States was “locked and loaded” to deal with the rogue nation, an epic “present” arrived on the island of Guam: B-1B bombers from the U.S. Air Force.
“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” Trump posted on Twitter on Friday. “Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
Also on Friday, but on the other side of the world, powerful American bombers touched down in Guam, according to KRON News.
That small island is an American protectorate, and home to a major U.S. military base. It also may be in Kim Jong Un’s cross hairs.
The reclusive dictator of North Korea has threatened to launch ballistic missiles toward American troops, as a show of force or belligerence against the west.
If the U.S. Air Force has anything to say about that, North Korea may have another thing coming.
“B-1B Lancer #bombers on Guam stand ready to fulfill USFK’s (U.S. Forces Korea) #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so,” posted the official Twitter account of Pacific Command.
— U.S. Pacific Command (@PacificCommand) August 11, 2017
Air Force pilots reportedly also engaged in joint exercises with South Korean and Japanese allies in the skies near the conflict area.
President Trump has recently come under criticism for using no-nonsense language when talking about the Korean threat, including the phrase “fire and fury” to describe what would happen if the dictatorship continues to provoke other countries.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called out the president for those words, and scolded that “escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer.”
However, Trump was quick to shrug off Merkel’s disdain.
“Let her speak for Germany,” he said on Friday. “She’s certainly not referring to the United States.”
The reality is that years of weakness from presidents including Clinton, Carter, and Obama helped lead the country to the situation we are now in.
After decades of soft talk and no action, it’s refreshing to have a president who doesn’t back down from a bully like Kim Jong Un.
Nobody wants to see a conflict on the Korean Peninsula… but if the dictator there continues to threaten with missiles and even nuclear warheads, America may have no choice but to respond with force.
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