Harnessing the power of the bully platform, President Trump released a series of tweets Tuesday morning pertaining to the increasingly unstable situation in North Korea and China, as members of the State Department appear to be fronting a new approach to relations in the region.
North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017
In somewhat uncertain terms, and capped by a charmingly patriotic signoff, Trump stated that the United States will "solve the problem" of North Korea with or without Chinese help.
What problem, exactly? As our guest, Peter Brookes, described in last night's show, the problem with North Korea is that they're like a kid at the adult's table because of their stockpile of nuclear weapons.
The tweets echo Trump’s comments to The Financial Times earlier this month, in which he spoke about North Korea in forceful terms.
“China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t,” Trump said. “And if they do, that will be very good for China. And if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone. If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will."
In another tweet pertaining to China, the president touched on his experience sitting down with Xi Jinping and his wife in Mar-a-Lago last week.
I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017
Interestingly, the president seems willing to use trade to lure China to the diplomatic table, compared to the better-angels approach frequently deployed, with little effect, by the Obama administration. Money talks, after all.
Coordinated with these tweets, the US Navy moved a fleet of large warships closer to the Korean peninsula after the North Koreans conducted a ballistics missiles test.
Brookes, our guest from Monday night, warned that something might occur on April 15th, which is a national holiday in North Korea, the birthdate of Kim Il Sung.
Pyongyang has since responded to the move.
"We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions," a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.