Trump: ‘America stands behind Japan’
While President Donald Trump was at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, on a Saturday evening he faced his first nuclear crisis coming from North Korea: North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan early Sunday morning. America and North Korea have had a rocky relationship with each other for years, things did not become easier when President Trump was elected into office.
When President Trump was still in his pre-elect days, he requested information on North Korea’s nuclear program from the American Intelligence Office. President Trump learned that national security believes North Korea is one of the immediate threats to President Trump as he begins his White House tenure.
Trump was joined at the Saturday evening dinner by Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, when word of the missile first broke. Abe had a lot to worry about considering the fact that Japan is well within the range of North Korea’s missiles. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe’s calm Saturday evening soon turned into an event that could’ve led into possible nuclear warfare if handled wrong.
What ensued was former Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon came to the table with President Trump and Prime Minister Abe, where they reviewed documents and went over a strategy before placing phone calls to Washington and Tokyo.
Soon after, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe moved to the ballroom in the Mar-a-Lago for an impromptu press conference. While President Trump didn’t outwardly mention the missile launch, he did offer a statement showing support for Japan.
“I just want everyone to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent,” President Trump said, according to CNN.
However, President Trump didn’t choose to read a prepared speech that talked about the missile launch, and chose not to answer questions, but instead went to speak at a wedding reception inside the Mar-a-Lago. President Trump’s reasoning for not talking about the missile launch was because his and Prime Minister Abe’s press conference was a joint statement.
While President Trump still has things to learn about running the nation, he handled his first crisis well. He remained calm in a serious situation that could have turned volatile at any moment. He assured not only us but showed solidarity with Japan. However you may feel about President Trump, we must take this time to recognize a job well-done and hope that this carries over into the future.