In an interview published on Sunday by the Financial Times, President Donald Trump spoke about the growing threat of North Korea and appeared to put pressure on its neighbor and ally China to keep them in line. President Trump, acknowledging the great influence China has over the North, said that the United States is ready to act alone because “if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.”
“Yes, we will talk about North Korea,” Trump said in the exclusive interview with Financial Times. “And China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”
Trump added that if China was not going to do anything, the United States could have to act.
“Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you,” the President continued.
President Trump refused to specify how he would go about the issue doing something about about North Korea, criticizing instances in the past when the United States has revealed such information.
“I’m not going to tell you,” the President said. “You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East.”
The interview took place just days before the President is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, on Thursday and Friday.
Senator John McCain previously made comments during an interview on MSNBC acknowledging that China is the only country that can keep North Korea in control because of the great influence they have over them.
“China is the only one that can control Kim Jong Un, this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea,” McCain said.