Tillerson, Mattis Meet with All 100 Senators on Special Briefing on North Korea
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, among other Trump administration officials, invited all 100 US Senators to a special briefing on North Korea. The meeting was scheduled to occur at 3:00 p.m. ET April 24.
The invitation comes on the heals of increasingly hard line rhetoric from UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who has not ruled out a direct air strike on Pyongyang should the Communist dictatorship detonate another nuclear device. North Korean continues to ratchet up its inflammatory rhetoric, threatening most recently to “wipe out” the United States should it decide to attack the peninsula.
Despite Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s recent calls for Trump to exercise restraint in dealing with North Korea, President Trump has lately pointed directly to the UN Security Council, suggesting that the body should be prepared to issue new sanctions on the country.
If anything, the Administration’s efforts at containing the reckless ambitions of North Korea’s despotic “supreme leader,” Kim Jong-un, appear well-coordinated and on point, suggesting a close and effective working relationship in international matters between Trump and his most senior staff. For his part, Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday that the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson would arrive in the area within “a matter of days.”