President Trump seems unconcerned about an apparent threat couched as a “Christmas Surprise” from North Korea.
While speaking to reporters just before the Christmas Holiday, the president said “everyone’s got surprises” for him and he’ll “handle them as they come along.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made the threat earlier this month and said the Trump administration is running out of time on nuclear negotiations. The veiled threat came after months of sometimes diplomacy, sometimes bluster and little progress between the two nations. President Donald Trump met with Kim at the Hanoi Summit in late February, which led to working-level talks in Stockholm in October. Trump has consistently framed the negotiations in positive terms, but no concrete agreements have been reached.
The president said he will wait and see what the surprise is.
“We’ll see what happens. Maybe it’s a nice present. Maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful vase, as opposed to a missile test. Right? I may get a nice present from him. You never know.”
Defense officials responded to North Korea’s threat last week. They said the military is at a high level of readiness in case of a missile launch from Pyongyang.
Well, as you now know, Christmas has come and gone, and thus far North Korea has not bestowed any kind of “gift” — threatening or otherwise – to the US or to President Trump.
The U.S. has been unwilling to sharply curtail the crippling economic sanctions that have weighed down the already battered North Korean economy unless Pyongyang completely swears off its nuclear arsenal. Kim has balked, demanding an end to those sanctions before signing off on any disarmament.