This morning President Trump was leaving Sunday services at St. John’s Episcopal Church (or so it looks to me) on Lafayette Square in DC following the observance of the National Day of Prayer. The media pool is outside waiting for his exit:
Reporter asks Trump if he plans to attack North Korea when the president leaves church in DC this AM. "We'll see," he says.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) September 3, 2017
Q: "Mr. President will you attack North Korea?"
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 3, 2017
"Any plans to attack North Korea?" (press pool)
"We'll see." – President Trump#NationalPrayerDay
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) September 3, 2017
Leaving church, Trump was asked: "Will you attack North Korea?"
"We'll see," he said
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 3, 2017
Does Trump plan to attack North Korea in wake of latest nuclear test? "We'll see," he told pool this morning.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) September 3, 2017
From the general tenor of the tweets, and given the rogue’s gallery sending them, I think I’m supposed to hear the dog whistle of incompetence. Pardon me, if I don’t.
Granted, the best course of action would have been to wave and ignore them. But, Trump, as Ron White says, “has the right to remain silent, he just does not have the ability.”
“We’ll see” is hardly a threat and probably reflects pretty much where the National Security apparatus of the United States stands right now. We’ve laid down a marker that a nuclear capable ICBM could be cause for a US pre-emptive strike. Right now we’re trying to evaluate the test data we’ve collected to determine exactly what the North Koreans exploded today. “We’ll see” seems like a perfectly acceptable answer and would be for any Democrat president.