“NOBODY IS GOING TO BE THREATENING US”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 10, 2017) — At 4:36 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Fox News broadcast a statement from President Donald Trump about a meeting of his national security advisers about recent events in Venezuela, North Korea and other matters.
After making brief remarks, Trump took questions from reporters, the second of which asked about Trump’s change in policy of “transgenders in the military.”
Another question asked whether or not it was appropriate for the FBI to raid the home of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in relation to the two-pronged “Russia” investigation led by former FBI Director and current Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.
Four minutes in to his remarks, Trump said he is “proud” of the decrease in illegal aliens crossing the Southern border and other bills Congress has passed and he has signed.
In regard to North Korea, Trump said that Kim Jong-Un has “disrespected” the U.S. “Let’s see what he does with Guam,” Trump said. “What do you mean by that?” the reporter with the original question asked, to which Trump responded, “You’ll see.”
Trump said that he would like to “denuke the world,” stating that in his view, “nuclear weapons” are the world’s gravest threat.
For the time being, though, he said that the U.S. is the strongest nuclear power. “Nobody, including North Korea, is going to be threatening us with anything,” he said.
In response to another question, Trump said that the military budget will be increased by “many millions of dollars” because of the threats from North Korea.
A question about Iran being “in compliance” with the nuclear agreement put in place by Barack Obama prompted Trump to chide his predecessor for giving Iran cash and forging the “deal” in the first place. “I do not believe they are in compliance,” Trump concluded.
Another question asked about the constant intelligence leaks coming from what could be various places, including what Trump called “intelligence.”
Reporters showed the president more respect than that which is normally shown toward the press secretary.
In response to a query about alleged Russian “collusion,” he asked, “Why isn’t the FBI looking at the DNC server?” referring to the alleged Russian “hack” which resulted in the release of over 17,000 emails by WikiLeaks in July 2016.
Trump said that “$6 trillion” has been “wasted in the Middle East” in response to a question about rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Contrary to news reports, Trump said he will not “dismiss” Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III.
Trump insisted he did not “collude” with Russia. “Russia had nothing to do with me winning,” he said. “We had a great team, and I guess we did a good job.”
He repeated that he wants Congress to pass bills on infrastructure, health care, and tax reform and that he is “disappointed” in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
At 4:55 p.m., Trump expressed confidence in his new FBI Director, Christopher Wray; his Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats; and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, McConnell’s wife.
“I have great respect for the intelligence community,” Trump said.
The recorded remarks ended at 4:57 p.m.