Trump, in Poland, Hints at 'Pretty Severe' Response to N. Korea; Criticizes CNN, Obama

by SUSAN JONES July 6, 2017

Are you willing and ready to launch a military action against North Korea? a reporter asked President Donald Trump at a joint news conference with the Polish president in Warsaw on Thursday morning.

Trump said he'd take a wait-and-see approach to North Korea's bad behavior, but he wouldn't tip his hand: "I don't like to talk about what I have planned," he said.

The same reporter asked Trump about CNN threatening to expose the identity of the man who created a parody of Trump beating up a CNN logo -- a parody famously retweeted by Trump.

Trump answered the CNN question first, once again seizing the opportunity to criticize "fake news." More on that in a moment.

But first, his response to the question about North Korea:

As far as North Korea's concerned, I don't know. We'll see what happens. I don't like to talk about what I have planned, but I have some pretty severe things that we're thinking about. That doesn't mean we're going to do them. I don't draw red lines.

President Obama drew a red line, and I was the one that made it look a little bit better than it was, but that could have been done a lot sooner and you wouldn't have had the same situation that you have right now in Syria. That was a big mistake. [President Obama never followed through on his "red-line" threat to use military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.]

But I think we'll just take a look at what happens over the coming weeks and months with respect to North Korea. It's a shame that they're behaving this way, but they are behaving in a very, very dangerous manner, and something will have to be done about it.

In his remarks before taking questions, Trump noted that Poland is joining the U.N. Security Council at a "critical time."

"Not only must we secure our nations from the threat of terrorism, but we must also confront the threat from North Korea. And that's what it is, it's a threat, and we will confront it very strongly.

"President Duda and I call on all nations to confront this global threat and publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences for their very, very bad behavior."

In response to the question about CNN threatening to expose the man behind the WrestleMania/CNN parody, Trump said, "I think what CNN did was unfortunate for them. As you know, now they have some pretty serious problems.

"They have been fake news for a long time. They have been covering me in a very dishonest way. Do you have that also, by the way, Mr. President?" Trump asked the Polish president.

Trump said NBC is just as bad as CNN -- "despite the fact that I made them a fortune with 'The Apprentice,' but they forgot that.

"But I will say that CNN has really taken it too seriously, and I think they've hurt themselves badly -- very, very badly.

"And what we want to see in the United States is honest -- beautiful, free -- but honest press. We want to see fair press. I think it's a very important thing. We don't want fake news. And by the way, not everybody is fake news.  But we don't want fake news. Bad thing. Very bad for our country."

Courtesy of CNSNews.com 

Susan brings to CNSNews.com a strong background in broadcast writing and editing. She joined CNSNews.com in April 1999, after working for 18 years as a television producer and news-writer in the Washington, D.C., Denver, and Greensboro, N.C., television markets. Susan holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.    


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