National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on ABC’s “This Week” program, “It’s time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully,“ he said. McMaster wrote the book, “Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.”
In an April 9th Interview with Time:
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the U.S. wants to defeat the Islamic State and remove Syrian President Bashar Assad — although not in a unilateral move — in his first televised interview.
McMaster left open the possibility for further military action against Syria following a missile strike last week ordered by President Trump in response to the country’s chemical attack against rebel forces that killed 87 people including children.
- “It’s very difficult to understand how a political solution could result from the continuation of the Assad regime,” McMaster said. “Now, we are not saying that we are the ones who are going to effect that change. What we are saying is, other countries have to ask themselves some hard questions. Russia should ask themselves … why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population?”
Interview on Fox News at 14:00 EST. According to Greg Palkot, Fox News Correspondent, N. Korea has no comment after attempted missile launch.
According to Kristin Fisher in Florida, President has no comment or Tweets.
V.P., Mike Pence, empathizes with S. Korean population centers.
KT Mcfarland, Deputy National Security Adviser, presented options to President, prior to meeting with Chinese President, Xi, and how China might help by withholding coal imports and Natural Gas from N. Korea. N. Korea gets 90% of oil from China. Trade between China and N. Korea up 37%. Mcfarland emphasizes that Korean peninsula should be denuclearized. President Trump says President Xi is a “Good Man”, stated last Thursday. President Trump says, “Give Total Authorization to Battlefield Commanders and Generals.” Additionally, President Trump, emphasizes Defense and Executive Orders in the past 8 weeks has accomplished more than 8 past years under prior regime.
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), reacts to impressive display of hardware, that N. Korea implied, “We can hurt (USA) you.” Thornberry maintains that N. Korea not interested in negotiations. We’re not sure how close N. Korea to developing Nuclear ICBMs.
Thornberry says N. Korea is “NOT SUICIDAL”.
Thornberry endorses Pence’s visit to emphasize we are supportive of our Asian Allies. We may see changes in N. Korea by waiting it out. Emphasizes missile defense for our Asian Allies and defense from Iran’s missiles. President Obama reduced defense by 20%, while President Trump wants to bolster Defense spending: LMT (final delivery 2.4×10^3), UTX (may use PLUG as fuel alternative for jet engines), BA (whether The Good Shepherd or Army), GD, NOC and RTN (Tomahawk saves pilots’ lives: Gentrification of Air Force and Joint Strike Fighter).
Thornberry maintains, “Limited strikes do not require an Act of Congress.”
Thornberry concluded by wishing Happy Easter and Happy Passover!
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