Be prepared for a serious shift in regards to U.S. policy towards North Korea.
The White House has just summoned all 100 U.S. Senators to the White House for an extremely rare briefing that has hardly ever taken place in our nation’s history.
The fact that these four individuals will be conducting the briefing is signaling the possibility that the Trump administration is prepared to go to war. As you know, only Congress is granted the sole power in the Constitution to go declare war.
They will receive the special briefing from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Goats and General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
President Trump recommended that the meeting takes place at the White House instead of in a secure room at the Capitol, Reuters is reporting.
Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressed concerns about the meeting and said that he hopes this isn’t just about dropping bombs in order for the U.S. to achieve its desired outcome.
“It’s (the location) their choice. I hope that we hear their policy as to what their objectives are, and how we can accomplish that hopefully without dropping bombs.”
The meeting will take place on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EDT. Aides are currently in the process of scheduling a similar meeting with the entire House of Representatives.
One of the reasons for the sudden announcement may involve recent reports that North Korea is now capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six of seven weeks. That would enable them to develop quite a stockpile, one the U.S. and its allies cannot afford. The New York Times reports that President Trump and his aides fear they may be running out of time to strike a deal. If they’re going to act, they might need to do it sooner rather than later.
That coupled with the fact that North Korea has promised to continue launching Hiroshima-sized missile tests, in addition to China’s President Xi Jinping telling Mr. Trump in a phone call on late Sunday night that he needed to show “restraint” may mean China isn’t deciding to take immediate action.
Trump has previously stated that if China doesn’t do something, he will.
North Korea has yet to develop an intercontinental missile capable of hitting the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped them from threatening all-out nuclear war against the U.S. or its allies.
Several intelligence analysts have already confirmed that most of their nuclear capabilities are underground and even if the U.S. launched a pre-emptive attack totally wiping out North Korea, that wouldn’t prevent them from unleashing devastation to millions of people in possibly South Korea or Japan. This is a risk the U.S. has decided in the past that they simply wouldn’t take – and North Korea knows it.
Trump is moving for a shakeup of this policy – which is why he’s taking the unusual move of getting Congress involved. He is signaling that war is, in fact, on the table. And he may want Congress to back him in case he needs to take action.
This is still a developing story.
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