Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump on North Korea: 'I Don't Want to Telegraph What I'm Doing'

Trump on North Korea: 'I Don't Want to Telegraph What I'm Doing'

President Trump slammed former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama for telegraphing plans instead of catching foreign leaders off guard, saying, "I'm not like other administrations".

As tension rise between America and North Korea, it appears that Russian state TV has made a decision to side with dictator Kim Jong Un.

Where does President Donald Trump stand on a military strike against North Korea? "Trump is more impulsive and unpredictable than Kim Jong Un", he told viewers of his prime-time Sunday "Vesti Nedelyi" program, which earlier this year carried paeans to Trump for his pledge to warm up relations with Russian Federation. "I am not like other administrations, where they say, 'We are going to do this in four weeks.' It doesn't work that way".

He continued, "I hope there's going to be peace, but they've been talking with this gentleman for a long time", in reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Trump does not have a "red line" when it comes to North Korea, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

"You look at different things over the years with President Obama", Trump added.

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Leading up to and just after the USA presidential election, it became apparent that President Donald Trump and Russian leaders were interested in finding novel diplomatic solutions to disagreements between the two powers.

"The U.S. missile strike on Syria was a "cold shower" for many Russians", said Valery Fedorov, the general director of Russian pollster VTsIOM. "They are afraid of the firm alliance between South Korea and the USA, and of strong independent defense capabilities".

In response to North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9, the Obama administration deployed two nuclear-capable supersonic B-1B Lancer strategic bombers, dubbed "swans of death", four days later in a show of force against Pyongyang's provocation.

Experts warned of the risk of shooting down a missile test launched by North Korea.

But after the dismissal of USA national security adviser Michael Flynn for misleading the White House about contacts he'd had with Russian officials, Russian media has tempered both the frequency and tone of mentions of Trump.

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