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Trump's Ominous "Calm Before the Storm" Comment Sparks Fear of Impending War

Friday, October 06, 2017 By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | Report
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Donald Trump (center), national security advisor H.R. McMaster (left), White House chief of staff John Kelly (second left) and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (right) attend a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House October 5, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images)Donald Trump (center), National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster (left), White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (second left) and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (right) attend a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House October 5, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images)

Editor's Note: A White House official referred to Trump's comment as "trolling."

During a photo-op ahead of a dinner with high-ranking military officials and their spouses Thursday night, President Donald Trump made a "foreboding" remark that immediately provoked fears that the United States could launch yet another war.

"You guys know what this represents?" Trump asked reporters gathered in the State Dining Room. "Maybe it's the calm before the storm. Could be the calm, the calm before the storm."

When asked by reporters to explain, Trump refused, saying: "You'll find out."

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The comment came following a meeting between Trump and military leaders, during which both Iran and North Korea were reportedly discussed.

Regarding North Korea, Trump said military officials are prepared to provide him "a broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace."

And as the Washington Post first reported on Thursday, Trump is planning to decertify the Iran nuclear accord some time next week -- a move critics are denouncing as a step in the direction of military conflict.

Commentators and lawmakers immediately expressed alarm at the president's cryptic comments.

Following Trump's remarks, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) urged his colleagues to support his bill that would bar the president from launching a nuclear first strike without congressional approval.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep.

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Trump's Ominous "Calm Before the Storm" Comment Sparks Fear of Impending War

Friday, October 06, 2017 By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | Report
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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Donald Trump (center), national security advisor H.R. McMaster (left), White House chief of staff John Kelly (second left) and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (right) attend a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House October 5, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images)Donald Trump (center), National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster (left), White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (second left) and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (right) attend a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House October 5, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images)

Editor's Note: A White House official referred to Trump's comment as "trolling."

During a photo-op ahead of a dinner with high-ranking military officials and their spouses Thursday night, President Donald Trump made a "foreboding" remark that immediately provoked fears that the United States could launch yet another war.

"You guys know what this represents?" Trump asked reporters gathered in the State Dining Room. "Maybe it's the calm before the storm. Could be the calm, the calm before the storm."

When asked by reporters to explain, Trump refused, saying: "You'll find out."

Watch:

The comment came following a meeting between Trump and military leaders, during which both Iran and North Korea were reportedly discussed.

Regarding North Korea, Trump said military officials are prepared to provide him "a broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace."

And as the Washington Post first reported on Thursday, Trump is planning to decertify the Iran nuclear accord some time next week -- a move critics are denouncing as a step in the direction of military conflict.

Commentators and lawmakers immediately expressed alarm at the president's cryptic comments.

Following Trump's remarks, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) urged his colleagues to support his bill that would bar the president from launching a nuclear first strike without congressional approval.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep.