White House: "We Have Not Declared War On North Korea; That's Absurd"

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Following the startling, impromptu allegation on Monday morning by North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, who accused Trump of declaring war on North Korea, and warned Pyongyang would shoot down US jets, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday dismissed North Korea’s claims as "absurd."

“We have not declared war on North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd,” Sanders said during today's press briefing.

As a reminder, North Korea’s foreign minister said that Trump’s speech to the United Nations last week and his subsequent tweets were a “declaration of war.” “In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operating table of the Supreme leadership of DPRK,” Ri Yong Ho said. North Korea has also threatened to shoot down U.S. aircraft over international waters.

“It's never appropriate to shoot down another country's aircraft when it's over international waters,” Sanders responded. “Our goal is still the same. We continue to seek the peaceful denuclearization of the peninsula. That's our focus. Doing that through both the most maximum economic and diplomatic pressures as possible at this point.”

On Saturday, Ri delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly in which he stressed that North Korea would inevitably target the US mainland with missiles as Trump called Pyongyang's leader a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.

The threat to shoot down US bombers comes as the Pentagon reported on Saturday that several B-1B bombers flew in the international airspace just off the North Korean eastern coast. Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the move was made to showcase US military options available to Donald Trump.

Sanders also disputed reports that Trump’s top aides warned him against using such heated rhetoric over concerns it would provoke Kim.

Separately, Sanders also defended President Trump's escalating war of words with the NFL: “This isn’t about the president being against anyone," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at her daily briefing. "This is about the president and millions of Americans being for something.”

Using the parlance of our times, Sanders was bombarded with questions about Trump's description of players who kneel during the anthem as "sons of bitches" who should be fired.  She declined to defend his specific language, but said Trump was trying to rally the country around unifying themes like patriotism and respect for the military.

“I think that it’s always appropriate for the president of the United States to defend our flag, to defend our national anthem," she said.

As The Hill reported, the White House was challenged over Trump’s claim that his remarks had nothing to do with race. Reporters noted that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, was protesting police brutality and racial inequality.

Sanders responded that the “focus” of the protests “has long since changed” and added that “if the debate is really for them about police brutality they should probably protest the officers on the field that are protecting them instead of the American flag."

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hedgeless_horseman's picture


What about Syria?




In Syria, the US is currently working with an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias and its biggest focus at this moment is to encircle and ultimately capture the ISIS capital of Raqqa. This week, the U.S.-led coalition announced that around 400 additional U.S. forces had deployed to Syria to help with the Raqqa campaign and to prevent any clash between Turkey and Washington-allied Syrian militias that Ankara sees as a threat. Around 500 U.S. forces are already in Syria in support of the campaign against Islamic State, which this week added several hundred, marines who were recently caught on video as they prepare for the Raqqa offensive.


Asked about a deployment of U.S. forces near the northern city of Manbij, Assad said: "Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation ... are invaders."


GlassHouse101's picture

What about Venezuela, Iran, Russia, we could be here all day, really.

Jim in MN's picture

Less bombing, more tweeting


hedgeless_horseman's picture


“It's never appropriate to shoot down another country's aircraft when it's over international waters,” Sanders responded.

However, if another country's aircraft is flying in its own airspace, than it is appropriate?

Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time [in Syria]



There is probably a reason the presstitutes never ask questions like mine.  

Instead we get this...

Sanders was bombarded with questions about Trump's description of players who kneel during the anthem as "sons of bitches" who should be fired.

The Fourth Estate is dead.  

sickavme's picture

It's not a war....



It's a "police action"......



Took Red Pill's picture

That's correct! War is illegal.

Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed by Germany, France and the United States on 27 August 1928, and by most other nations soon after. The Pact renounces the use of war and calls for the peaceful settlement of disputes.

secretargentman's picture

Kim is insane. Everyone knows the US doesn't declare war anymore. Bomb you yes. Declare war no.

Took Red Pill's picture

They just call it something else like Occupation, Intervention, Rebellion, Crisis, Invasion, Bombing, Liberation, etc.

One of my personal favorites is "Humanitarian Aid"

NiggaPleeze's picture


It's the deep respect our Dear Leaders have for the Constitution.  After all, only Congress can "declare war".  But it doesn't say anything about a "police action" or "military intervention", does it now?

Déjà view's picture

Then declare war against ROK or leave...justify massive feral funds MIC receives...
67 years and counting...wait until "Hell Freezes Over"?

Mr 9x19's picture

jew.S.A have no more cash on table to make open wars, only proxy ones. more lucrative

Reaper's picture

Kneeling was a planned diversion.

Eyes Opened's picture

Isn't the whole of the USA on its knees at this stage... ??

Economically I mean.... oh yeah & sucking netinyahoos cock.....

Abbie Normal's picture

Declaring this temporary period of calm as "World Peace" is like when the Berlin Wall fell and some self-important author declared it as "The End of History." 

FixItAgainTony's picture

Who is neocon Francis Fukuyama for $500, Alex?

Alex: No, sorry, judges were looking for, "what is absurd?"

peddling-fiction's picture

They technically are still at war, and can resume hostilities at any time, any side wishes to do so.

Economic sanctions imposed unilaterally by the U.S. are the prelude to war in many cases.

Don´t be coy Roy.

Cynicles II's picture

I don't think it ia a key about to be dropped off, Lee.

Winston Churchill's picture

The US never declared war on the Norks.

It was the first UN mandated war.

The US has never declared a war since.Thats not a co-incidence,so you have to wonder why ?

Ramesees's picture

Shhh, you'll frighten the America-haters!

Madison's_Ghost's picture

Truman never actually declared war, so we are technically still at un-war.  We never signed a peace-treaty, because that would have meant admitting we were at war.  It idiotic, really.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ HH,

"Arming, funding & training terror organizations since the days of the Mujahaideen."


giovanni_f's picture

Could it be - no sarcasm - that the US regards itself as the only legitimate owner of the world? Therefore, technically, the US is never an invader but a protector of something it already owns. I have no other explanation for what the US does since decades all over the world, maintaining more than 1000 military bases. I am simply at a loss.

chunga's picture

Without 1000 military bases and toppling other countries how would we be safe to watch ballgames and eat hot dogs?

This is why my outrage meter is not registering with the sports national anthem nonsense.

Gonzogal's picture
Nobel Lecture by Harold Pinter states it VERY directly




Hans-Zandvliet's picture

Excelent question!

Because you're absolutely right: let's cut the NFL-crap and get on with the real news.

By the way, congratulations: according to the follow up comments, you've succeeded prety well!

Chupacabra-322's picture

Let the Gas Lighting from the Presstitute's commence.

HRClinton's picture

We have merely declared an Escalation of Hostilities 

land_of_the_few's picture

It will be Ideological Cleansing. Not Ethnic Cleansing, because they are all Koreans, both North and South.

giovanni_f's picture

US doesn't need no stinking war declaration. US bully come, US bully not ask, US bully block country, US bully kill, understand? US bully Golf of Tonkin, understand? US bully find WMD, ok? US bully believe Assad chemical attack, send 47 missiles, see?

US bully strong media, you know? US bully make Whistleblower rot in solitary confinement, not heard? US bully tell Harvard not invite Chelsea Manning, Harvard dioes as told by US bully, get it? US bully veeeery long arm, reach also YOU.

US bully no hide for you.

Kaiser Sousa's picture

Lie on..

U hog faced bitch...

Seasmoke's picture

Perhaps. But North Korea believes you have. And perception is reality. War it is.

rusty55's picture

Cant trust Trump of Kim

quasi_verbatim's picture

Declaring war is giving the enemy advance notice.

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

So you propose not to give an advance warning?

And how would this shoe fit the other foot? Because then you should stop whining about Pearl Harbour...

ThePhantom's picture

he said we were gunna wipe them off the map..then we faked a bombing run going further north than ever. no worries

grgy's picture

"Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the move was made to showcase US military options available to Donald Trump." 

Pure sabre rattling in an attempt to goad North Korea into striking first. This will give the US the needed diversion (war) to distract the US population from their coming financial armegeddon.

Archive_file's picture

And to immediately declare martial, institute a draft, etc.

Deep In Vocal Euphoria's picture

What about funding isis with them weapons eh...


yeah how about them rockets..............


how about them us special forces caught with the pants down at isis positions in deir ezzur....................................................................


you little fucking pigs...............................................................ha ha ha........................no escaping this

giovanni_f's picture

If it casts a bad light on the US it must be fake news. Actually by definition.

VWAndy's picture

 Fuck its official.

FixItAgainTony's picture

lol, that made my day +100

ThePhantom's picture

..the dotard accidentally declares war... pretty much

redc1c4's picture


Hillary didn't get elected.

RawPawg's picture

"You always have a plan until you get punched in the B-1"~Tysonish 2017

trippy64's picture

But, we technically are already at war witn the Norks, we never signed a peace treaty from the last time, so....


Ben A Drill's picture

Why would RSX be up today? Because of the price of oil? Something smells fishy.

Omega_Man's picture

if someone told me I was going to 'gone soon' and walked by my house each day with a gun... do you expect to sit around or blast the shit out him???

ThePhantom's picture

exactly .... how bout they randomly blast 100 tomahawk missliles into syria then they fly by you with nuclear bombers? cool then?