While taking questions after his press conference to announce Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee, President Trump refused to answer a reporter’s question about how the United States will address recent Russian aggression and increasing tensions with other countries across the world.
“I don’t have to tell you what I’m going to do in North Korea. And I don’t have to tell you what I’m going to with Iran. You know why? Because they shouldn’t know,” the president responded. “And eventually, you guys are going to get tired of asking that question. So when you ask me what am I going to do with the ship, the Russian ship as an example, I’m not going to tell you. But hopefully, I won’t have to do anything, but I’m not going to tell you.”
— CNN (@CNN) February 16, 2017
This week, several concerning international matters have been brought to the public’s attention, including the Pentagon’s considering sending ground troops to Syria to combat the spread of ISIS, a Russian spy ship’s patrolling international waters off of the east coast of the United States, increased aggression by Russian fighter jets in the Black Sea and North Korea’s testing of long-range ballistic missiles.
While Americans worry about what these incidents could mean for our foreign relations, national security and defense, President Trump declined to offer any calming words or to give any hints as to how the United States will address the increasing instability world-wide.