Mattis Contradicts Trump: "We Are Never Out Of Diplomatic Solutions" On North Korea

Tyler Durden's picture

In the latest public disagreement between President Trump and his top military advisor, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday said that when it comes to North Korea, diplomatic solutions remain on the table after he was asked to respond to a tweet by President Trump that said "talking is not the answer."

"No, we are never out of diplomatic solutions," Mattis said in an exchange with pool reporters before meeting with his South Korean counterpart Song Young-moo in the Pentagon. "We continue to work together, and the minister and I share a responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations, our populations, and our interests, which is what we are here to discuss today."

As discussed this morning, in his first tweet discussing the recent North Korean missile launch, Trump tweeted that "The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!"

The market slumped briefly (the dip was quickly bought) after Trump appeared to be signaling that the administration was shifting tactics a day after a White House statement said "all options are on the table." Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have repeatedly said the top priority should be a diplomatic solution with North Korea. On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley called the test "absolutely unacceptable and irresponsible," noting that North Korea has violated "every single security council resolutions have had" and suggesting a hard-line shift in US policy.

As Reuters reports, Mattis made the comment during a media availability before the meeting, in which a reporter is allowed to ask a question on behalf of the press corps, which is then distributed to news outlets. Photographers and videographers are also allowed in.

After initially saying "no" after being asked whether the U.S. was out of diplomatic solutions, the reporter pressed Mattis over what options can still be taken.

"Now you're testing us here, you know," Mattis joked. "We bring you up here to take pictures."

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Killtruck's picture

A bullet can be very diplomatic. 

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

How is this a "disagreement"? Has everybody forgotten the old "good cop/bad cop" routine? This is a nothingburger.

I swear everybody in the media have lost their minds.

Manthong's picture


This is one time the discord might work in the favor of sanity.

Now, if he could just put Graham, McStain and crazy Nicky in their places…..

edotabin's picture

Maybe but I'm with KillTruck's msg above. While statements for public consumption abound, I think that backdoor dialogue is slowly taking the form of serious threats.

BaBaBouy's picture

""Mattis Contradicts Trump:""

OH Oh ... I Smell A Firing in the Air ...

Kotzbomber747's picture

Trump has fucked up again, and now his minders have to step in. Someone get a straight-jacket and ffs, don't let him near his Twatter account.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

When you combine what Mattis said to what Tilllerson said to Wallace last Sunday, it is clear that the globalists have successfully achieved a coup of the White House. 

Trump is now a head of state but not the head of government. Tillerson and Mattis are running things now.

Sanity Bear's picture

something something republican form of government

MoreFreedom's picture

It's diplomacy to point out to Kim's generals, or even Kim himself, that he and his generals, and likely thier families as well, will be killed if they attack someone else, or provide nuclear material to others.  IMHO, both Trump and Mattis are right.   In the meantime, we can pressure all those involved with assisting North Korea in their efforts via all diplomatic, or other means.

Cynicles II's picture

"will be killed if they...or provide nuclear material to others."

Hillary is not dead.

tmosley's picture

Amazing that someone else in the comment section sees it. I had all but given up hope.

natxlaw's picture

Mattis is as happy as a clam. Trump is letting him play good cop, which he never got to do before. He gets to play good cop on Transgenders, good cop on North Korea. There going to have to change his name to "Nice Dog" if this charade goes much further. The fing neocons can't get their BS narrative together with the dog and pony show this admin is running. 



natxlaw's picture

No pun intended on "dog and pony"

rosiescenario's picture

As Mark Twain said, "They see as through a glass eye, darkly"......our MSM has only one repsonse to anything to do with Trump.....if you like to listen to pure BS, just turn on CNN.....former used car sales persons now selling you on what is the news....

The most amazing take away from Trump winning the election is the current state of our MSM and the other libtards. These folks are certifiable....can you top Blitzer stating the Barcelona terrorist attack was a copy cat of what happened in Charllotsville?

knukles's picture

This is exactly how any rational solutions are found.
The president expresses he's done "fucking around" so to speak and of course, the general at the helm of the kill machine says hold on, we're not quite out of options.
It's frankly, a great way to place an additional crescendo of pressure onto the other side.

wolfnipplechips's picture

The old, good cop/ bad cop routine. Hey, it works.

A. Boaty's picture

You know the routine. Would it work on you?

wolfnipplechips's picture

Being that most ppl dealing with a situation like this are low IQ, does it matter?

tmosley's picture

Of course. Persuasion works whether you know you are being persuaded or not.

takeaction's picture

I wish they could get it together...

FBI Emails from Hillary...Help us do it here...I signed.

E.F. Mutton's picture

This.  I signed today.

Not that I expect fuck-all, but you have to try.

bankbob's picture

I guess the FBI will decide the public who signs are only mildly interested in the email.

Of course it would all be moot if we just had Seth Rich's thumbdrive.

knukles's picture

The feebiez is gonna put everybody who signs on a list for a prolonged summer of love internment and education in Death Valley once the eggshablimunt gets it's reincarnation in a SJW grand unified world order types in charge.
Has anybody got any idea the shit we'd be in right now if HR was in there fully copacetic and proactive in furthering the Illuminati/Soros roadmap?

Quantum Bunk's picture

Pence is the president. Will be disclosed soon

aliens is here's picture

If you can't beat the swamp join them.

Chupacabra-322's picture

No way! He used the "D" word.


I was beginning to think Diplomacy was an art that's been thrown in he trash bin of History.

Give NK some Tons of GMO food for their people & see how quickly NK changes its toon.

serotonindumptruck's picture

The USSA may be guilty of gunboat diplomacy, if we're being honest about the issue.

Falconsixone's picture

Dropping freedom bombs on the unwilling iphone buyers of the future if they survive.

bankbob's picture

Good cop. Bad cop. 

Something the Norks will understand.

rosiescenario's picture

bad cop....psychopath cop....

JimmyRainbow's picture

dismantling of a president. enjoy a future with bureaucrats in dc. after exporting and reimporting antifa, solid eurostructures coming to ur place.

order66's picture

Trump once again showing that he's nothing but a dickless puppet who panders to his angry white base while the people who actually know what they're doing get on with running the country.

tmosley's picture

You mean that Trump hired people who know what they are doing, and delegates tasks the them to do effectively?

Almost like he was some sort of competent leader or something.

RawPawg's picture

he facial emotions belied what he was saying 

something just didn't look right while he was speaking...just my observation...nothing more,nothing less

Simplifiedfrisbee's picture

Cognitive Dissonance: The Angry Voters.

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Yars Revenge's picture

Send some trannie diplomats to Pyongyang, they can sort this shit out.

knukles's picture

Awesome idea.  Why, Progressives should be cheering at the thought.
In fact....

The Donald should send about a dozen trans SJW's as a gesture of peace to the Norks.
I mean, fuck wits of the world, both Clinton and Obama made deals with the Norks paid money each year, etc., to stop nuke production and here we are.
Talking did not work in this case.

goldoverbtc's picture

I wouldnt say that talking is the only diplomatic solution.  Sanctions is a diplomatic solutions that doesn't involve talking or force.  Create an oil embargo on North Korea is a diplomatic solution that doesn't involve talking.  So,  Mattis wasn't necessarily contradicting Trump, but the media loves to drive a wedge in between Trump and his team any way they can.


RussianSniper's picture

Send the witless spawn of every neocon/neoliberal off to fight the establishment wars.


Let the children of patriots defend the homeland.


Shoot dead in the street, all antifa and white supremists.



allamerican's picture

mattis get to be prez on Wednesdays  tillerson gets Mondays i think.

roadhazard's picture

It's nice to see an adult in the room.

aliens is here's picture

Yeah you mean like Bill Clinton, GW Bush and Hussin Obama was in charge and NK gets more and more crazy.

youshallnotkill's picture

It was W. Bush who tore, the Clinton negotiated, treaty appart that used to contain NK.

earleflorida's picture

funny, how quickly the political landscape can change for trump without lifting a finger to the heavens?

perhaps in a year he will have a remarkable 55%-66% approval rating from 'GALLOP`ing zionist propagandist as NORK cools down and the Ruusian Election BS is finally put to bed endorsed by our own CIA/Mossad induced MSM?!?

tweet me once shame on you--- tweet me twice shame on me