National Security Advsier Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster took the opportunity during a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week” to divulge the gist of President Donald Trump’s approach to handling North Korea, claiming that his administration will do whatever is necessary to protect the United States and its allies from the threat posed by Kim Jong Un’s aggressive posturing.
McMaster hinted that Trump has finally persuaded China, a tentative ally of North Korea who has proven reluctant to censure the rogue country’s dangerous actions, to participate in dealing with the problem.
“I think there’s an international consensus now, including the Chinese and the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just can’t continue,” he said. “And the president has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons.”
In order to forge the correct approach to North Korea, McMaster continued, Trump has adopted a broad-based approach.
“And so we’re working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options and the president has asked the National Security Council to integrate the efforts of the Department of Defense, State, our intelligence agencies, so we can provide options and have them ready for him if this pattern of destabilizing behavior continues,” he said.
As he frequently mentioned during his campaign, Trump does not plan to speak openly about his approach to dealing with foreign threats so as not to tip them off to his intentions.
“We do not want to telegraph in any way how we’ll respond to certain incidents,” McMaster said, adding: “It’s clear that the president is determined not to allow this kind of capability to threaten the United States. Our president will take action that is in the best interest of the American people.”