Very quietly, Trump invites entire US Senate to White House for North Korea briefing

Vice President Pence, President Trump, Secretary of Defence Mattis – North Korea on their minds. (Wiki)

In what reasonably could be seen that the United States is just that much closer to war with North Korea, Mike Emanuel of Fox News is reporting that President Trump has invited every single US senator to the White House for a special briefing on the situation with North Korea.

During the course of his daily briefing with the press, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the world of the president’s desire to have a face-to-face with the entire upper chamber of the Legislative Branch of an increasingly tense situation with a nuclear-armed North Korea;

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing, for all 100 senators, on Monday.

Spicer clarified that while the event will take place on the White House campus, it is technically a Senate briefing and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is the one who convened it.

Pointing out the obvious, reporter Emanuel notes, “It is rare for the entire Senate to be invited to such a briefing.”

However, even the greenest of political greenhorns should be able to put two and two together when the Senate is briefed on the threat from Kim Jon-un by the following heavy hitters, as cited by Emanuel;

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats plan to provide the update to lawmakers.

This breaking news comes on the heels of Fox News also reporting that President Trump less than 24-hours prior having personally calling Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concerning the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

The same report also notes;

“The North Korean nuclear and missile problem is an extremely serious security threat to not only the international community but also our country,” Abe told reporters after the phone call with Trump.

Meanwhile, U.S. commercial satellite images indicated increased activity around North Korea’s nuclear test site, while Kim has said that the country’s preparation for an ICBM launch is in its “final stage.”

South Korea’s Defense Ministry has said the North appears ready to conduct such “strategic provocations” at any time. South Korean Acting Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has instructed his military to strengthen its “immediate response posture” in case North Korea does something significant on the April 25 anniversary of its military. North Korea often marks significant dates by displaying military capability.

While many, if not most, international affairs experts consider the North Korean dictator as mentally unstable, it’s widely understood that the North’s missiles can not only strike South Korea and Japan, but there have been mentions that an angry Kim certainly could sling a few at China for good measure.

While tens of thousands of US Servicemen are stationed in South Korea and Japan, some ballistic missile experts find it conceivable that North Korean missiles could also strike the sovereign US soil of the Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.



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