In dealing with rising tensions with North Korea, President Trump is making all the right moves according to one Illinois congressman.
House Foreign Affairs Committee member, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, noted the differences in the current commander-in-chief’s use of “carrot and stick” diplomacy in dealing with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un versus the actions, or non-actions, by former President Obama.
“Now what you’re seeing is actually an aggressive administration, and you’re seeing the dance between military posturing and a credible military threat in order to use the diplomatic instrument of power to hopefully get to a peaceful solution,” the Republican congressman told Fox News host Martha MacCallum on the premiere of “The Story” Monday.
Kinzinger, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, noted that, while people may be confused by what looks like contradictory behavior from the president, he is using both reward and punishment to induce cooperation from Kim Jong-un.
“That’s how this diplomacy works,” he said. “Its trying to use pressure to bring the dictator to the table and get rid of his nukes.”
Trump acknowledged the threat posed by North Korea during an interview with Fox News’ Eric Bolling. Though he did not reveal what would trigger a military action from the U.S., the president said he would act if and when needed.
“I don’t like drawing red lines but I act if I have to act,” Trump said.
A delay by Congress to vote on stepping up sanctions against North Korea was just a “calendar issue,” Kinzinger told MacCallum, adding that Congress would still be moving forward in the “very long process” of getting allies and even adversaries on board to impose stricter sanctions.
“This is how you do diplomacy,” he said. “You do it from a position of strength, not from a position of we’re going to show up and beg you to play a game with us, because they won’t.”
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