The North Korean nuclear crisis is coming to define Donald Trump’s early months in office.
But the communist nation’s nuclear threat began long before Trump took office.
And Trump has pointed out just who is to blame for this standoff.
Fox and Friends conducted an interview with Trump to discuss the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program.
Trump pointed out that both former Presidents’ Clinton and Obama were “played” by North Korea and it’s led to the current standoff.
In a preview clip of an interview set to air on Fox News Channel’s Tuesday broadcast of “Fox & Friends,” President Donald Trump said Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were “outplayed” by North Korea.
Trump said, “I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking. I’m not like other administrations, where they say we’re going to do this in four weeks. It doesn’t work that way. We’ll see what happens. I hope things work out well. I hope there’s going to be peace, but they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time. You read Clinton’s book and he said, ‘Oh, we made such a great peace deal’ and it was a joke. You look at different things over the years with President Obama. Everybody has been outplayed. They’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman and we’ll see what happens. I just don’t telegraph my moves.”
North Korea’s nuclear program began in the mid 1990’s under former President Bill Clinton.
Clinton made a deal with the North Korean government that would allow for the construction of light water reactors in exchange for stopping their nuclear weapons program.
But North Korea began cheating on the deal in the late-1990’s by developing enriched uranium.
The Bush administration confronted the North Korean government about their continued effort to develop nuclear weapons and Pyongyang quit the deal they never honored in the first place.
That led to the rogue government conducting their first nuclear tests in 2006.
Once Obama took office, he implemented the policy of “strategic patience.”
This amounted to dithering and hoping North Korea would agree to give up their nuclear weapons program voluntarily.
During Obama’s time in office, North Korea conducted four additional nuclear tests and inched closer to developing the technology that would allow them to attack America with a nuclear weapon.
But that all changed when Donald Trump took office.
During a visit to South Korea, Vice President Mike Pence said Obama’s policy of strategic patience was over.
USA Today reported:
Vice President Pence warned North Korea on Monday that the “era of strategic patience is over” and that all options are on the table if North Korean President Kim Jong Un continues to threaten the region with his missile and nuclear testing programs.
Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday, hours after North Korea’s latest failed missile test. On Monday he visited the Demilitarized Zone that separates the Koreas and later spoke at a joint news conference with South Korea acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn. Pence pointed to recent U.S. military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan as proof of President Trump’s international resolve.
“North Korea will do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region,” Pence said, adding that “North Korea answered our overtures (for denuclearization) with willful deception, broken promises and nuclear and missile tests.”
Pence called the U.S. commitment to South Korea “ironclad.”
And at the White House Easter Egg Roll, Donald Trump declared that North Korea’s “gotta behave.”
The Trump administration backed up their talk by deploying the USS Carl Vinson carrier group to the Korean Peninsula.
Officials around the world also interpreted Trump’s strike against Syria and the deployment of the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan as a warning to North Korea to back down.
One thing is clear, President Trump will not sit idly by like Clinton and Obama did and allow a nuclear armed North Korea to menace the United States.