President Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton have reportedly clashed on the subject of Iran’s aggression and the steps the U.S. should take to combat it. And if Saturday’s turn of events are anything to judge by, Iran may not be the only country splitting the two down the middle. In a statement to reporters in Tokyo, Bolton said there could be “no doubt” that recent missile launches by North Korea were in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. But Trump, on Twitter, later said that his aides were blowing the situation out of proportion.
“U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from firing any ballistic missiles,” Bolton said. “In terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that.”
Bolton assured reporters that Trump would be speaking to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the situation and about “making sure the integrity of the Security Council resolutions are maintained.”
North Korea’s suspected tests, which took place earlier this month, are thought to be the nation’s first missile launches since 2017. Since then, dictator Kim Jong Un has appeared to be compliant with Trump’s wishes that he put a complete cease to all ballistic missile testing. In the meantime, the two leaders have had two sit-down meetings, the first of which seemingly went much better than the second. But since their last encounter, North Korea has reportedly been much less willing to compromise and negotiate; recent test launches could indicate that Kim is returning to his old ways.
But if that’s the case, President Trump isn’t concerned about it.
“North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?” he tweeted this weekend.
We have full faith and confidence in President Trump and his ability to turn the North Korea situation into something much more productive than sanctions and threats of war. He already has done so. And he will continue to do so…in the event that it can be done. That remains the question mark. It is clear that some within his administration – Bolton undoubtedly among them – doubt it very seriously. But then, we voted for Trump, not John Bolton. And our president deserves the chance to see his negotiations through to the end.