Trump: "We'll handle North Korea. It Will Be Handled. We Handle Everything"

Tyler Durden's picture

With Gen. John Kelly set to be sworn in as Trump's new Chief of Staff, just days after the latest and most advanced North Korean ICBM test yet, one which can reportedly reach as much as half the major metro areas on the continental US, President Trump on Monday pledged to "handle" North Korea's provocative belligerence, without specifying exactly how he would do so as he faces rising tensions and limited options.

"We'll handle North Korea. We're going to be able to handle North Korea. It will be handled. We handle everything," Trump told reporters at the start of Monday's first Cabinet meeting with his new Chief of Staff, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The comments follow "guidance" from the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who on Sunday told CNN that the "time for talk" is over. As CNN noted, "it was a seemingly stark admission - the US ambassador to the UN suggesting the North Korean crisis couldn't be solved through diplomatic channels in the Security Council."

On Firday, the Pentagon confirmed that North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. The missile, fired from north central North Korea, traveled 600 miles before it fell into the Sea of Japan. Following the missile test, Trump said Saturday on Twitter that he was "very disappointed" in China for not doing more to curb North Korea's missile program.

"I am very disappointed in China," Trump tweeted. "Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk."

Trump has repeatedly pressed China, North Korea's only major ally, to put more economic pressure on Pyongyang, lamenting that he has few other options left to try to check North Korea. Trump did not hint at what actions he could take on Monday, but recent comments suggest he could take more steps to try to get China to act.

On Monday, Reuters reported that a "frustrated" China hit back over Trump's weekend tweets, with the state-run nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times saying that "Pyongyang is determined to develop its nuclear and missile program and does not care about military threats from the U.S. and South Korea" adding "how could Chinese sanctions change the situation?"

China wants both balanced trade with the United States and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, its official Xinhua news agency added in a commentary. "However, to realize these goals, Beijing needs a more cooperative partner in the White House, not one who piles blame on China for the United States' failures," it added.

Also over the weekend, the United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of "lethal, overwhelming force" on Sunday in response to the missile test and the July 3 launch of the "Hwasong-14" rocket, the Pentagon said. The bombers took off from a U.S. air base in Guam and were joined by Japanese and South Korean fighter jets during the exercise.

"North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability," Pacific Air Forces commander General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy said in a statement. "If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing."

As reported earlier, South Korea's Kospi stock index, oblivious of the constant threat of military action in its northern neighbor, closed 0.07% in the green, just shy of all time highs.

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InsaneBane's picture

Trump is the swamp..

yrad's picture

We "handle" nothing. Can kicking fools...

BaBaBouy's picture

Such well behaved markets...

How The Fuck Can GOLD be Flat on this Woar Mongerational Newz...?

tmosley's picture

The same reason it has been going down for six years.

Which is concidentally the reason that alternatives to gold have been developed and are seeing adoption.

But let's not process that, and cling to the hope for armageddon so we can make some of our money back.

Muddy1's picture


prepare to get your ass kicked and stomped into the ground.

kliguy38's picture

Rod of god soon for you

BaBaBouy's picture

It feels like Thump is walking on Dangerous Waters ...

Manthong's picture


This is getting to be tedious….

I kind of like the guy, but….

I won’t even say anything about hands…….


…regarding certain female family members, though……….

........oh, I will have to serve time in Purgatory for those thoughts…



Manthong's picture


“China wants…  .. balanced trade with the United States”


Yeah, like they have over the 35 years since JPM brokered the transfer of our technology to them.

barndoor's picture

Name one significant thing Trump has "handled" since taking office.

Manthong's picture


um.. Melania?


and a bunch of regulations doable by XO.

barndoor's picture

I don't know man - doesn't seem to be a lot of physical intimacy between Trump and Melonia.  

I think he's more into Ivanka.

barndoor's picture

"…regarding certain female family members, though……….

........oh, I will have to serve time in Purgatory for those thoughts…"

- Manthong.

The truly weird thing is that Trump has been having those same thoughts right along with you....

eatthebanksters's picture

I hear they are selling glow-in-the-dark bobbleheads of Kim Jong-un.  They call the bobbleheads 'nuclear fat boy'.

Sir Edge's picture


North Korea Can Destroy Most South Korean Manufacturing With Artillery In A Few Hours... Etc...

Deep State Cannot Afford This Logistically or Financially... !!

Period... So... Ergo... NO WAR with North Korea...

It is All A Blowhard BS distraction...

Like Ebola... Ebola.. Ebola.. Ebola... Ebola... Ebola... and then Poof Its Gone... 

The question to ask is what is cooking in the background... In Syria.. Middle East... What ??

North Korea is a Non Issue... just helps ramp up emotions and MIC Budget.... Insatiable !



giorgioorwell's picture

Oh, he's going to handle it, that makes me sleep better

PrayingMantis's picture

... today, NK, tomorrow, Iran, then, Syria ... rinse, repeat... until these last remaining holdout countries surrender to (((Red Shield's))) global central banking system ...


GUS100CORRINA's picture

While I deeply respect the POTUS, I have just one question:

Since we can handle everything, I would like to know how the HRC and SETH RICH criminal investigations are coming along? I want to remind you Mr. President that GOD hates injustice and He has appointed you for such a time as this one.

So justice is driven back,

    and righteousness stands at a distance;

truth has stumbled in the streets,

    honesty cannot enter.

Truth is nowhere to be found,

    and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.

The Lord looked and was displeased

    that there was no justice.

BaBaBouy's picture

Spoken like a true Casino Boss ...

Give Me Some Truth's picture

For some of us, "Armagedon" or "the shit hitting the fan" is a given. So, if it's a given what is one to do with this knowledge? One could do nothing. One could go all-in on the stock market. One could do a little prepping. One could buy some gold and silver as an insurance policy for the storm that's a comin'

I just re-watched the movie "Titanic." The line of the ship's designer spoken in front of Kate Winslet's character stays with me.

"This ship will sink."

I guess he could have said, "oh no. This ship is not going to sink. No way." The captain could have told the crew to remain quiet and not alarm the passengers. He could have never given the order to abandon the ship.

If this would have happened, everyone would be relaxed and happily oblivious (kind of like 90 percent of Americans now), but the ship ... would have still sunk.

The few passengers that knew or sensed that the captain and designer were lying out their asses probably would have had a better chance to take actions to save themselves. These hypothetical wise passengers might be analogous to the kooks who are acquiring some gold and silver now, before the ship begins to list.



serotonindumptruck's picture

That was a rather awkward and lengthy attempt at metaphor, but I think you were ultimately successful.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

I knew there was a metaphor there somewhere.

tmosley's picture

The really smart ones took off in their helicopters (ie crypto), rather than abandoning ship and waiting in the cold, praying for the ship to sink so their suffering wasn't in vain.

curbjob's picture

Forsight is everything 

The plot of Morgan Robertson's novel "Futility" bears an uncanny resemblance to the Titanic disaster. The novel tells the story of the Titan, the largest ship ever built, billed as "unsinkable," which strikes an iceberg in April and sinks. In the book, more than half the passengers die in the North Atlantic because of a lifeboat shortage. The book was published 14 years before the Titanic sank

spastic_colon's picture

because anyone with knowledge knows that NK is a complete distraction; who in their right mind thinks China would allow NK to threaten one of their largest trading partners with destruction? Plus even if their missile claims were true they could not carry a payload with any fire power that far..........fearmongering media once again.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Re: "Fearmongering media once again ..."

Yes, they do play a vital role. Without the requisite fear-mongering not enough people believe the "threat" is real. But the people will fall in line, already have. 

Remember that line from high school? "If you are scared say you are scared."

American people: "We are scared!"

Neocons: "Don't worry. We'll take care of you and take care of that bad, old Bogey Man."

American People: "Thank you, oh thank you." Followed by the requisite bombing, followed by the requisit chants of "USA! USA! Don-ald! Don-ald!"

Still, at some point this act/game ain't going to seem so cute to the rest of the world.


Bastiat's picture

Sometimes I wonder if it isn't all collusion -- NK plays a roll in the collusion between Russia, China, and the US to create a "threat."  Oldest leadership trick in the book: when things are coming unglued domestically, find an enemy.

Yuri Bezmenov's picture

Yep find an enemy without an external controlled central bank.

Bay of Pigs's picture

The "markets" don't appear to exist anymore. They are completely unhinged from geopolitical risk and reality. Rigged, distorted and manipulated don't even come close to describing this warped and perverse situation.

tmosley's picture

<---so buy gold

<---so find some markets that aren't so manipulated


tmosley's picture

>Reply directly to someone else's comment

>off topic

Cry more.

Bay of Pigs's picture

I didnt say anything about buying gold or anything else. I was simply pointing out that risk has been absent from the markets for many years now.

Your ability to read and comprehend sure has gone downhill.

tmosley's picture

So you are saying "don't buy gold", then?

If not, your response seems like a non-sequitur. IE not an argument.

My question to the peanut gallery was simple. Given the fact of PM price manipulation/supression, do you A. buy PMs and suffer further supression, or do you B. find another market that isn't so manipulated?

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I would think if you are a buyer for the long-term, then you have ambivalent feelings about price suppression.  Because on the one hand, your purchase is subsidized.  On the other hand,  the price suppression prevents widespread realization of the utility of precious metals (notice I did not say, 'realization of the $ value of precious metals').

It does seem obvious at this point in time that cryptos are better for fleeing, relocating, migrating, unless you can get your PMs into the Gulf of Mexico by boat...

medium giraffe's picture

Markets are for investment.  PMs are a hedge against collapse.  PMs shouldn't be considered in terms of value per unit of fiat bullshit, but in terms of how much fuel and food you can swap for it.  Maybe some, maybe none, but it's more certain that fiat will be worthless rather than gold. 

Trying to get a vehicle from a neighbour in a hurry when there's no order/police/power/utilities - PMs, FRNs or Bitcoins?.....

tmosley's picture

Live your life in fear, then. Don't bitch about others investing in the actual future.

medium giraffe's picture

Perhaps you would be so good as to point out where I was 'bitching'.  I'm not sure I conveyed any sense of emotion either.

Unless, of course, you are just being obnoxious again, in which case you should probably get back to it.

Giant Meteor's picture

Hmmmm, some may say, like the Matrix eh ?

Parallel universes so to speak ..

Laws for them, different laws for us ..

Shit like that ..

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Chris Powell, the secretary of GATA, coined the phrase several years ago: "There are no markets anymore. Just interventions."

He coined another one he doesn't get as much credit for but it is just as important. Paraphrasing:

"There are no journalists anymore."

Bay of Pigs's picture

I met Chris many years ago. He is a scholar and a gentleman.

He is correct on the markets and the MSM too.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Re: "Such well-behaved markets"

When gold should be rocketing to the moon the manipulators kick it into high gear and really earn their fiat.

Sky-rocketing gold and silver would send a certain "signal." A signal that cannot be sent ... if the printing press is going to be protected. And the printing press IS going to be protected. You can bet on that ... literally.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

The only part I don't understand is that the central planners must understand they are subsidizing purchases by foreign powers.  Has a deal been struck?  "We will suppress prices, but you owe us 25% of the physical when it comes crashing down?"

Jim Sampson's picture

They could pull a Goldfinger and contaminate all Fort Knox and the price would fall.

stormsailor's picture

yeah, put pussy galore on it

Eager Beaver's picture

It's because your gold is being hacked, every single day. So much for a "stable" store of value, eh?