Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and the Trump administration’s top aides have spent months trying to convince themselves that China would somehow come through and deal with North Korea’s quickly growing nuclear program.
On Tuesday, the President sent a rather cryptic message in which he thanked China for “trying” to deal with the North Korean regime.
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2017
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried,” Trump wrote.
When asked what Trump meant by his message, one aid was baffled, stating that they had no idea what the President’s tweet means.
A second official said reading too far into the message would be a mistake. Trump was preparing to meet with officials from China which likely spurred his pat on the back for the country’s leaders.
It was an odd time for Donald Trump to congratulate China for any type of assistance in North Korea. American Otto Warmbier was returned to his family this week and died days later after suffering horrible abuses at the hands of the North Korean government.
Trump mentioned in the past that he was hoping to work with China on the North Korea danger but said the U.S. would go in alone if required to do so.
I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2017
“I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.,” Trump tweeted in April.
There is the possibility that Trump was attempting to back-handedly pay a compliment to the Chinese regime. At the same time, his comment is likely to weaken the United States government’s hand with the Chinese by announcing that the USA is willing to go in alone.
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Trump at the President’s private Florida estate in April and
following the meeting, China’s role was one of the administration’s main talking points in explaining North Korea.
“I think the President’s direct engagement with President Xi of China and the fact that now you’ve seen China turning back coal shipments from North Korea, making changes in the ability of people to travel by air from Pyongyang into China and other measures that they may well take in the future demonstrates the hands-on diplomacy that President Trump has brought to this,” Pence told CNN. “That’s what it will take.”
Now it appears Donald Trump is claiming the Chinese tried and failed to slow North Korea’s march towards nuclear armament.
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