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Donald Trump: Previous Presidents Left Me a Mess with North Korea, ‘But I Will Fix It’

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un
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CHARLIE SPIERING

President Donald Trump continued to highlight the ongoing diplomatic disaster in North Korea, promising to do something different than previous administrations.

“You had various administrations — many administrations which left me a mess. But I’ll fix the mess,” Donald Trump said to reporters during a press conference at the White House with Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy.

He said that he was completely prepared for the possibility of military action against the rogue regime.

“If we take that option, it will be devastating — I can tell you that — devastating for North Korea. That’s called the military option,” Trump said. “If we have to take it, we will.”

Trump said that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un continued to provoke the world.

“He’s acting very badly. He’s saying things that should never, ever be said,” Trump said. “And we’re replying to those things, but it’s a reply.”

Trump praised Spain’s decision to expel a North Korean ambassador and to stand with the United States.

“It is time for all responsible nations to join forces to isolate the North Korean menace,” Trump said.

Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for breaking China’s banking relationships with North Korea, calling it “something that people would have thought unthinkable even two months ago.”

“I want to thank President Xi,” he said.

Trump urged the world to unite against North Korea’s proliferation of nuclear weapons

“All nations must act now to ensure the regime’s complete denuclearization,” he said.

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