With the liberal mainstream media melting over President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" comments regarding North Korea's threats against Guam, he suggested Thursday maybe he should have used stronger language.
During a press gaggle at Trump International Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is staying during a working vacation as the White House heating and cooling system undergoes repairs, he said:
Maybe it wasn't tough enough. They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years. It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough.
Asked what would be tougher than “fire and fury,” the president responded cryptically with a “you’ll see.” Asked if he has considered “pre-emptive” military action, he added:
We don’t talk about that, I never do. I’m not like the other administration that would say, “We’re going into Mosul in four months.” I don’t talk about that. We’ll see what happens. But I can tell you that what they’ve been doing and what they’ve been getting away with is a tragedy and it can’t be allowed.
The president as also asked if he would consider sitting down with Kim Jong-un and negotiating an end to the nuclear stalemate on the Korean Peninsula. While he said he would, he also noted that 25 years of negotiating hasn’t ended the problem.
He then took a swipe at his immediate predecessors:
Look at Clinton, he folded on the negotiations. He was weak and ineffective. You look what happened with Bush. You look what happened with Obama. Obama, he didn’t even want to talk about it. But I talk. It’s about time. Somebody has to do it. Somebody has to do it.