After President Trump said Tuesday that his warning to North Korea wasn’t “tough enough,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the military strategy for North Korea is in place.
Mattis warned North Korea Wednesday, saying that if they try to attack Guam “would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
While he was flying to West Coast Thursday, Mattis said to the reporters that were with him that the military is ready to act if North Korea does something.
“Do I have military options? Of course, I do. That’s my responsibility, to have those. And we work very closely with allies to ensure that this is not unilateral either … and of course there’s a military solution,” He stated.
When asked if he was thrown off with Trump’s warning Tuesday, Mattis responded:
“I was not elected, the American people elected the president,” he said Thursday. “I think what he’s pointing out is simply these provocations … (and) his diplomatic effort to try and stop it.”
Trump also spoke to reporters about his statement Thursday, while vacationing in New Jersey.
“If anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough,” he stated.
Trump was asked what will be harder, he responded, “We’ll see.”
“It’s about time someone stood up for the people of our country,” Trump stated, adding that the military was “100 percent” behind him.
He said that concerning North Kores, ex-President Bill Clinton was “weak and ineffective,” and that he “didn’t even want to talk about it” Barak Obama.
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