US admiral: “We want to bring Kim Jong-Un to his senses, not to his knees”
Democratic senator: “I’m not quite sure why we went all the way down to the White House”After the special White House briefing on North Korea, some senators are wondering why they were called to the White House. “I’m not quite sure why we went all the way down to the White House,” said one Democratic senator.
A few hours after the special White House briefing on America’s policy toward the North Korean aggression, many of the senators are wondering why they were called to the White House for the unusual event. While some said that the briefing was very informative, others are claiming that the briefing was useless.
After the briefing, which was led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Defense Secretary James Mattis, the State Department said that America is prepared to defend itself and its allies against Pyongyang. “I learned nothing new at this briefing,” Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told CNN. “I’m not quite sure why we went all the way down to the White House.”
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Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) also wondered why the senators were suddenly brought to the White House for the special briefing, saying that it only confirmed her “deep concerns about this administration’s lack of a comprehensive strategy toward North Korea.”
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn), the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also sounded a bit confused after the briefing. When he was asked whether the briefing was significant, he said: “I’m not sure.” According to CNN, he said: “It was an OK briefing.”
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) stated that the briefing revealed no new information. “I think the White House wanted to convey to the Congress that they’re serious about North Korea,” he told CNN.
Yesterday, JOL reported that US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris told Congress: “We want to bring Kim Jong-Un to his senses, not to his knees.”
When I asked Chairman Corker if the North Korea briefing trip to the White House was worthwhile, he told me "I'm not sure"— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) April 26, 2017
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