President Trump will not say exactly what his “red line” might be with North Korea, but he is clear that he will not be following in his predecessor’s footsteps.
“I’m not like President Obama where you draw a red line, as you said, a red line in the sand and then lots of bad things happen and he never goes over the red line,” Trump said to Eric Bolling on Monday’s Fox News Channel premiere of “The Fox News Specialists.”
In fact, I actually covered his red line for him with Syria,” Trump added, referring to last month’s unannounced U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airfield following the use of chemical weapons on residents by President Bashar Assad.
Trump acknowledged that North Korea’s actions of late are “very threatening” to the U.S. and its allies, and called Kim Jong Un’s recent statements “very inflammatory” and “horrible.”
“I don’t like drawing red lines but I act if I have to act,” he said, while keeping mum on exactly what it would take for him to take action.
“I’ve been pretty well known for saying like nothing when it comes to the military,” Trump said. “You do what you have to do and you don’t talk about it.”
He added that it’s “ridiculous” to answer questions about specific decisions and timing when it comes to possible military actions.
“I don’t want to talk about it. I can say this, he’s very threatening, he’s a big threat to the world,” Trump said, referring to the North Korean leader who has repeatedly conducted missile tests.
The president said that “nobody’s safe” from the threats by North Korea and its missiles which could launch a nuclear attack across its border with South Korea where U.S. troops are stationed.
“We have 28,000 troops on the line and they’re right there,” Trump said. “So nobody’s safe. We’re probably not safe over here. If he gets the long-range missiles, we’re not safe either.”
Trump admitted that North Korea is becoming his biggest foreign policy concern, responding “I think probably, yes,” to Bolling’s direct question.
But he also pointed to the ongoing fight against the Islamic State, stating that the U.S. has made “tremendous strides” on that front.
“There’s an evil there and we have to solve that,” he said. “When I first saw the heads being chopped off I said to myself, ‘I’ve never seen that’ … since medieval times. … So we have to solve the problem.”
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