WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered a foreboding message Thursday night time, telling reporters as he posed for photographs together with his senior army leaders that this may be “the calm earlier than the storm.”
White Home reporters have been summoned instantly Thursday night and informed the president had determined he needed the press to doc a dinner he was holding with the army leaders and their wives.
Reporters have been led rapidly to the grand State Eating Room, the place they walked right into a scene of the president, his highest-rating army aides and their wives posing for a gaggle photograph. The cameras clicked they usually smiled. A joke was made about somebody’s face being drained. Reside classical music performed.
Then, Trump gestured to the reporters within the room.
“You guys know what this represents?” Trump requested. “Perhaps it’s the calm earlier than the storm. Might be the calm, the calm earlier than the storm.”
“What storm Mr. President?” one reporter shouted. ISIS? North Korea? Iran?
“You’ll discover out,” the president stated.
He additionally praised these assembled for the photograph, saying: “We’ve got the world’s nice army individuals on this room, I’ll inform you that.”
Earlier within the night, the president had lauded the group, together with his protection secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, and stated they might be discussing probably the most urgent army points dealing with the nation, together with North Korea and Iran.
Trump stated “super progress” had been made with respect to the Islamic State group, including, “I assume the media’s going to be discovering out about that over the subsequent brief time period.”
He additionally denounced Iran, saying the nation shouldn’t be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, and provided one other stark warning to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
“We can’t permit this dictatorship to threaten our nation or allies with unimaginable lack of life,” he stated, vowing to “do what we should do to stop that from occurring and will probably be executed, if needed. Consider me.”
He additionally stated that, shifting ahead, he expects these within the room to offer him with “a broad vary of army choices, when wanted, at a a lot quicker tempo.”