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.”
Hear the full interview here:
Locked and Loaded: Pentagon Grants Soldiers in DC Power to use Lethal Force
The National Guard have been authorized to use lethal force, if needed.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has authorized the twenty thousand National Guard members providing security around the U.S. Capitol to carry lethal weapons as Washington, D.C., braces for Inauguration Day.
“On January 12, 2021, National Guardsmen were given authorization to be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol Police to protect the U.S. Capitol and individual members of Congress and their staff,” according to a statement from the D.C. National Guard, which is commanding Guard forces in the city, including units deployed from six other states, to provide security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week,” the DC National Guard revealed in a statement “This was requested by federal authorities and authorized by the Secretary of the Army.”
The National Guard Bureau declined to specify what weapons troops would carry.
“National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary,” said the statement. “The public’s safety is our top priority.”
Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told media members on Monday that a force of up to 15,000 will deploy to D.C. with all their issued equipment, including their individual weapons. So if the need arises, “they are close by and they are readily accessible.”
The Pentagon initially authorized up to six thousand two hundred Guard members from Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania to deploy to D.C. on federal status to maintain security through Inauguration Day.
The history of National Guard members being a part of the presidential inauguration dates back to the first inauguration of President George Washington in 1789.
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