A member of the House Freedom Caucus told KFYI in Phoenix Arizona radio host Mike Broomhead Tuesday that with North Korea’s newly re-assigned designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, President Donald J. Trump reset American’s relationship with China and its client North Korea.
“I applaud the president for taking this direction, it gives me some hope,” said Rep. Harold “Trent” Franks (R.-Airz), who is also the chairman of the Missile Defense Caucus.
“This might be the only chance we have of getting out of a shooting war,” Franks said.
President George W. Bush had removed North Korea from the list. On Monday President Trump made an announcement that North Korea is now re-listed with Sudan, Syria and Iran because they have provided support for acts of international terrorism.
— Department of State (@StateDept) November 20, 2017
“I think the president is wise to isolate North Korea and I think this is an important step,” Franks said to Broomhead.
“I don’t think there is a change in China, they still want to be the bulldogs, but I think they have recalculated and are seeing they can’t coerce Trump into the aid they want. They see there is a new cowboy in the White House,” he said.
Scott A. Snyder, a senior fellow for Korea Studies and director of the Program on U.S. Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Big League Politics he has a different take than Franks.
“China is doing more under Trump than under Obama, but in some ways, it is a progression,” he said.
Snyder, the author of China’s Rise and the Two Koreas: Politics, Economics, Security, said, “Just making North Korea a priority for China has been a step forward, but in the end will not be sufficient given the divergence of interests between China and the U.S.”
In his recent op-ed article, Franks said, “It is vital that we make it crystal clear, as President Donald Trump has done thus far, that any missile attack upon American civilians will be met with a devastating response from the United States of America.”
Franks said he supports Trump’s speech earlier in the month in South Korea, where Trump laid out a vision of a reunified Korean Peninsula.
“President Trump delivered a Reaganesque, historic speech during a landmark international trip with the entire Korean Peninsula as backdrop,” he said. “In contrast to our previous president –who provided weak-kneed leadership on the global stage, alienating our allies and appeasing malevolent rogue nations – President Trump is delivering the type of clear-eyed, strong leadership for which he was elected.”
Franks said he is happy with how Trump has changed the direction of America foreign policy in the region. “We need a new trajectory from the past administrations.”
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Aircraft Carrier Commander Warns of Rapidly Spreading Coronavirus On Ship
There are more than 50 diagnoses on board.
The commander of a US Navy aircraft carrier is requesting urgent guidance from the Pentagon as an outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus spreads among its crew.
Captain Brett Crozier stated that “the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating” in a letter to the Secretary of the Navy on Monday. Reports indicate that more than 50 sailors assigned to the ship have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, presenting a serious danger for those currently on board.
Crozier described an urgent situation in his letter to the Pentagon.
“This will require a political solution but it is the right thing to do.” Crozier was calling for means to quarantine the entire crew of his ship away from the vessel. “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”
“Keeping over 4,000 young men and women on board the TR is an unnecessary risk and breaks faith with those Sailors entrusted to our care.”
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is currently docked at a naval base at the Pacific island of Guam. The crew of the ship is quarantined to the vessel on account of the outbreak, although five service members in serious medical conditions were taken to shore.
It’s extremely difficult to practice social distancing aboard the innately close-quarters environment of a naval vessel. The coronavirus has already proven capable of spreading with devastating effect aboard cruise ships, vessels that afford far more personal space to their inhabitants than aircraft carriers.
As of Tuesday night, the Navy is reported to be seeking a solution to quarantine the ship’s four-thousand strong crew at a location away from the Theodore Roosevelt. Sailors may be removed away from the ship in increments, returning after 14-day isolation periods after which they test negative for the disease.
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