Sep 6, 2017

Trump: "President Xi agrees with me 100%" on North Korea

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While boarding Marine One Wednesday, President Trump told reporters that he had a "very good phone call" with President Xi Jinping of China regarding the escalating North Korean threat, per White House pool reports.

  • "It lasted for a long time. President Xi would like to do something. We'll see whether or not he can do it."
  • "We will not be putting up with what's happening in North Korea. I believe that President Xi agrees with me 100%. He doesn't want to see what's happening there, either. We had a very, very frank and very strong phone call."
  • So is he considering military action? "We're going to see what happens. We'll see what happens. Certainly, that's not our first choice, but we will see what happens."

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