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

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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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rubiconsolutions's picture

"We'll handle North Korea. We're going to be able to handle North Korea. It will be handled. We handle everything,"

"And I will make a lot of trips to Dover Air Force Base to watch bodies come home, look very presidential and all that. Of course Don Jr. and Eric won't be among those because, well, we don't do that kind of thing. We leave that to other parents and children to deal with."

Taint Boil's picture

What exactly did North Korea do again .....

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Re: "What did N. Korea do again?"

They tried to create a credible nuclear deterrent in an effort to keep America from taking over their country. 

If they didn't do this ...

their country would definitely be taken over by America. And the Great Ruler would be the Dead Ruler.

Then again, if they succeeded in creating a credible nuclear deterrent ...

 ... Their country would NOT be taken over by America. And Great Ruler would live to Rule Happily Ever After.

It's really a great drama - this race to see what happens first. That millions of lives could potentially be snuffed out does take some of the enjoyment out of the programming though.


Yuri Bezmenov's picture

LMAO Just heard it on the street, parent2child:

"Kim Ding-Dong refused to buy McDonald's...Now they want to Jackie Chan him"

tmosley's picture

Most recently they murdered an American citizen after prolonged torture.

They have also kidnapped foreign nationals and carried out assassinations on foreign soil. This is in the last year. In 2010, they sunk a South Korean ship.

Oh and then there is who whole "starve their citizens to death and put half of their population in gulags".

Mr. Kwikky's picture

Yep America is fighting at the forefront of human rights..when it serves us.. uhm I mean the banksters.

Giant Meteor's picture

And their little dogs tooooooooo ....

It's handled ..

totenkopf88's picture

creating enemies to justify our massive military spending 

peekster's picture

He's such a cockwomble.

totenkopf88's picture

Ha- the Brits have pretty cool slang

cherry picker's picture

Why worry about icbm when nukes are probably in harbors in lead shielded containers.  They aren't that big.

Peace is the only and best way.  all nk is asking is for the usa to back off and get off it's doorstep.  I don't think that is unreasonable.

tmosley's picture

A nuke in a harbor probably won't do all that much damage. You really have to get them up to a little altitude to wreak real destruction, and extremely high altitude to generate a cataclysmic EMP.

kurzdump's picture

What about a nuke in every harbour?

ebear's picture

Or a chicken in every port?

IronForge's picture

You're forgetting Yield and Fallout.  Static Pressure as well.

That's expected from an amateur.

IMHO, (and I have been educated by Uncle Sam and Davey Jones on this subject), PRK will make sure that any Nuke detonated in CONUS will be for Effect.

POTUS will be an One Term Frack-up if he attacks first.

He needs to Negotiate the Stalemate.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Orange is gonna tweet the living shit out of 'em!!

stormsailor's picture

won't that make them stand up and show through their t-shirts?

Fake Trump's picture

Orange has gone lemon. He needs a war to distract the attention of the American people over his dysfunction administration. He will destroy America. 

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Doubt it, military folks swore to defend America and its constitution from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.  These guys actually mean it.  Don't think they will allow commander in chief to do anything REALLY stupid.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Re: Potential of military members defending our Constitution ...

I'd love to think you were right, but sadly I think most of the military hierarchy has been conditioned to believe that "war is freedom" and "war fighters are patriots" regardless of the merits of any given war.

I also think the very top brass sucks up to their civilian bosses to obtain power and higher rank. In other words, they go along with the meme. And the meme is being written by the neocons.

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

Another failed war to the list. Syria.


Gotta find a new enemy now...who's it going to be? Close eyes and point at the map.....North Korea! 


The sick, twisted, wicked, evil communist filth America must fall at all cost. 


All a show of course..all rigged all staged...The MIC playing games with the neutralized american brain....


419-3 vote in favor of sanctions....reason? Russian hacking that never happened.....


the psychopath show must go on!

SilverRhino's picture

419-3 vote in favor of sanctions....reason? 

Someone has a LOT of data on dirty deals, peccadillos and pedophiles in Congress.

froze25's picture

Yeah that someone is the CIA/NSA

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Or: "It don't take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."


buzzsaw99's picture

Ah, you couldn't belt your MAMA. [/fredo's girlfriend]

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!

True Contrarian's picture

Is "Handle" code for "Bomb".

Give Me Some Truth's picture

I'm a guessin' that it's not code for another Normandy invasion.

Seventy years later are we going to have Korean War 2?

If Trump does think this is going to be another land war he might quickly learn he's not as popular as he thinks he is. 

activepatriot's picture

Trump really starting to show how ignorant he is.

It'll be HUUGE!!!  Casualties that is.

But they don't give a shit

swmnguy's picture

He keeps insisting we all know he understands nothing about global trade.  The notion that somehow China hoodwinked American corporations into slashing their labor costs 80% might make sense to idiots, but not to anyone who knows anything about business.

xrxs's picture

The consumer traded plastic trinkets for jobs and capital.

lolmao500's picture

China projecting again. The US should shame China, make them appear as weak ass bitches afraid of NKorea so they lose face and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

Uchtdorf's picture

How about if we don't do anything to anybody? How about if we just mind our own business?

hoytmonger's picture

The US are the "weak assed bitches afraid of NKorea."

That's why they're threatening, with military action, another sovereign country that's done nothing to any other country.

tmosley's picture

Are you fucking retarded? NoKo regularly attacks (and sometimes sinks!) foriegn ships, kidnaps South Koreans, performs assassinations on foreign soil, counterfeits foriegn currency, and most recently microwaved the head of a fucking American citizen so he wouldn't spill the beans on their torture program.

historian40's picture

What a world of rumor-inspired delusions you live in.  Did you love the remake of Red Dawn?

tmosley's picture

Are you trying to make the claim that the historical events I laid out did not happen?

I would invite you to use the search engine of your choice to educate yourself you ignorant fuck.

hoytmonger's picture

No, I'm not retarded, but you apparently are.

What has NK done to the US?

Has SK asked for intervention from the US?

The US is guilty of the same crimes as NK, and worse.

tmosley's picture

Most recently they microwaved the head of an American citizen to cover up their torture of him and returned him to us brain dead.

>The US is guilty of the same crimes as NK, and worse.

Bullshit. North Korea starves its citizens to death, and kidnaps and enslaves foreign nationals.

dirty fingernails's picture

Uh, you useless sack of putrid propaganda, WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU THINK THE US DOES EVERY.FUCKING.DAY. BEFORE BREAKFAST? Take your weak ass felching elsewhere.  Clearlyx somehwere a village is missing you.

tmosley's picture

I'm not seeing an argument. I thank you for your concession, hostile and tear filled as it was.

dirty fingernails's picture

haha why is that not surprising

hoytmonger's picture

The US bombs schools, hospitals and civilian infrastructure in nations it has no interests in. It funds and arms terrorists that murder and rape civilians. It steals the wealth of it's civilians to do this.




Thom Paine's picture

Oh god. Since WW2 the USA has made an art form of Destroying countries, killing millions in the hope of some geopolitical advantage and increased wealth for MIC and corporate America.

Deep State have been shitty at Trump for not being a bush Obama war monger.  Just a handful of tomahawks around the edge of an airbase, deliberate misses.