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Trump Calls Meeting With Military Leaders ‘the Calm Before the Storm’


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President Trump and Melania Trump, the first lady, with a group of senior military leaders on Thursday. Comments from Mr. Trump raised questions about whether the administration was planning some kind of military action. Credit Pool photo by Andrew Harrer

WASHINGTON — President Trump said late Thursday that a meeting with his military leaders was “the calm before the storm,” but what he meant by his ominous comment remained unclear.

When pressed for more details, the president said, “you’ll find out,” a declaration that comes amid more turmoil in his own cabinet and several foreign policy challenges around the world.

Mr. Trump was speaking ahead of a planned dinner with military leaders and their spouses. Just before the dinner, reporters were ushered into the State Dining Room at the White House. The president addressed the reporters and said, “You guys know what this represents?”

One reporter asked the president to elaborate. He responded, “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” It was when he was asked what he meant that he replied, “You’ll find out.”

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The episode raised questions about whether the Trump administration was planning some kind of military action. For weeks, Mr. Trump has been promising to respond to any North Korean aggression toward the United States.

The president also faces an Oct. 15 deadline to recertify a nuclear weapons deal with Iran, which was negotiated under former President Barack Obama. The president is expected to decline to recertify the agreement, which would essentially allow Congress to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions.

Backing out of this deal could cause problems with other world powers who are party to it, at a tense time with another nation aspiring to build nuclear weapons: North Korea.

Continue reading the main story

WASHINGTON — President Trump said late Thursday that a meeting with his military leaders was “the calm before the storm,” but what he meant by his ominous comment remained unclear.

When pressed for more details, the president said, “you’ll find out,” a declaration that comes amid more turmoil in his own cabinet and several foreign policy challenges around the world.

Mr. Trump was speaking ahead of a planned dinner with military leaders and their spouses. Just before the dinner, reporters were ushered into the State Dining Room at the White House. The president addressed the reporters and said, “You guys know what this represents?”

One reporter asked the president to elaborate. He responded, “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” It was when he was asked what he meant that he replied, “You’ll find out.”

The episode raised questions about whether the Trump administration was planning some kind of military action. For weeks, Mr. Trump has been promising to respond to any North Korean aggression toward the United States.

The president also faces an Oct. 15 deadline to recertify a nuclear weapons deal with Iran, which was negotiated under former President Barack Obama. The president is expected to decline to recertify the agreement, which would essentially allow Congress to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions.

Backing out of this deal could cause problems with other world powers who are party to it, at a tense time with another nation aspiring to build nuclear weapons: North Korea.

Nytimes

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