Anti-Trump Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told TMZ outside an upscale restaurant Wednesday evening that the Trump administration must tone down its rhetoric towards the North Koreans. Waters urged Sec. of State Tillerson to consider ‘things they’re asking for.’
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MAXINE WATERS: “I want us to be very careful, very alert to what is happening and to avoid war. And so I think we can do this with some diplomacy, but we have got to have Tillerson, who is our Secretary of State, get those positions filled for deputy, for assistant, so that we can engage with North Korea.I believe that North Korea is interesting threats to the United States, but I think there’s some things that they want from us, and we have to find out whether or not we can work with them on the things that they’re asking for. This is the time for diplomacy.”
Waters’ lecture comes as Al Gore admitted previous administrations’ inability to deal with North Korea has led to the hand President Trump was dealt. Former Vice President Al Gore admitted on BBC 4’s “Radio Today” Thursday that President Trump “inherited a very dangerous situation” in North Korea. For Gore to take a veiled shot at Obama in saying Trump ‘inherited’ the North Korea issue is certainly noteworthy. Gore is certainly correct in his assessment, but striking nonetheless from a man who was former President Bill Clinton’s right hand man.
The Clinton-Gore administration cut a nuclear weapons deal with North Korea. Ultimately, the deal was a failure, as today, we see not only does North Korea still possess nuclear weapons, but is threatening to use them against the mainland U.S.
Washington Examiner reports:
Former Vice President Al Gore believes President Trump should be praised for his handling of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, lauding the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous vote to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang.
Gore said Trump’s warning that he’ll meet Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions with “fire and fury” did not help the situation, but acknowledged the sanctions levied against North Korea were an “achievement for his diplomacy.”
The sanctions, drafted by the United States in consultation with China, cut North Korean exports by $1 billion, about one-third of the country’s annual exports.
The former vice president told BBC 4’s “Radio Today” Trump “inherited a very dangerous situation” from previous world leaders and should not entirely be blamed for the rising tensions, which most recently saw North Korea threatening to strike the U.S. territory of Guam.
“Donald Trump inherited a very dangerous situation that has been building for some time,” Gore said.
President Trump is faced with one of the most challenging foreign policy questions in a generation: Should the U.S. go to war with North Korea? Such a decision may not have been necessary had the previous administration taken the Hermit Kingdom more seriously. A FOX News report reveals the Obama White House downplayed North Korea’s nuclear missile program back in 2013. Was this done to avoid taking on North Korea?
FOX News reports:
Tuesday’s bombshell Washington Post story that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has determined North Korea is capable of constructing miniaturized nuclear weapons that could be used as warheads for missiles – possibly ICBMs – left out a crucial fact: DIA actually concluded this in 2013. The Post also failed to mention that the Obama administration tried to downplay and discredit this report at the time.
During an April 11, 2013, House Armed Services Committee hearing, Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., inadvertently revealed several unclassified sentences from a DIA report that said DIA had determined with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has the capability to make a nuclear weapon small enough to be launched with a ballistic missile.
The Director of National Intelligence and Obama officials subsequently tried to dismiss Lamborn’s disclosure by claiming the DIA assessment was an outlier that did not reflect the views of the rest of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
It was clear what Obama officials were doing in 2013. The DIA report represented inconvenient facts that threatened President Obama’s North Korea “strategic patience” policy — a policy to do nothing about North Korea and kick this problem down the road to the next president. Obama officials tried to downplay the DIA assessment to prevent it from being used to force the president to employ a more assertive North Korea policy.
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