As North Korea continues to threaten America and the rest of the developed world, the Trump administration is pushing back – even though North Korea’s rhetoric is likely their only weapon. Their longest range missiles aren’t capable of coming close to reaching American soil – but their intentions are clear, and are we supposed to allow them to continue with their missile tests in light of them? Of course not.
Rumors have been swirling that an assassination of Kim Jung Un could be coming soon in light of his threats – but we’ll know for sure what’s planned shortly, as the entire U.S. Senate is set to convene.
As Reuters reported: Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare briefing on Wednesday at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate on the situation in North Korea, senior Senate aides said on Monday.
All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the aides said.
While top administration officials routinely travel to Capitol Hill to address members of Congress on foreign policy and national security matters, it is unusual for the entire 100-member Senate to go to such an event at the White House, and for those four top officials to be involved.
U.S. officials have expressed mounting concern over North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.
President Donald Trump criticized North Korea’s “continued belligerence” and said its actions were destabilizing during a telephone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, the White House said.
The meeting is scheduled for 3pm EST on Wednesday.
This comes after Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the phone earlier today to discuss mounting tensions with North Korea. Trump and Abe agreed that they would urge North Korea away from taking provocative actions, which, knowing Trump, will likely come in the form of threatening military force.
We’ll know for certain shortly.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]