Bob Corker on Trump’s North Korea Briefing: It Was an Ok Briefing
Corker on his he learned anything he didn’t know before: I didn’t really.
CORKER on North Korea briefing at WH: "It was an OK briefing"
Q: What do you mean, you didn't really learn much?
CORKER: "I–it was OK…"
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) April 26, 2017
An ok briefing. Imagine Trump hearing this? He’d be like ‘Wrong answer. It was the best briefing in the history of briefings.’
Yes Trump has used the phrase ‘wrong answer’ before. Like when Eric Trump had to give up his charity. Biff from back to the future was based on Trump. Enough said.
"Antagonize all 100 senators by wasting their time on a dumb stunt" is an unusual strategy.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 26, 2017
As critical as I’ve been of Bernie, give him credit. Last night on Chris Hayes he said he didn’t go to the briefing at the WH-such briefings are normally done in the Senate-because he didn’t see the point in helping Trump get his photo op.
To paraphrase Trump/Biff: ‘Right answer.’
“Nearly every US senator attended an unusual all-hands meeting on North Korea at the White House Wednesday, though afterward few said any new information emerged about the increasingly tense US standoff with Pyongyang.”
“Nonetheless, members of both parties said they were reassured by the hour-long administration update, which President Donald Trump appeared at only briefly before handing the session off to his top national security aides.”
“It was a sobering briefing, and an important opportunity for the entire Senate to hear the emerging plans of the Trump administration to confront what is a very real threat to our security,” said Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware.”
A very real threat to our security? Yeah, right, Donald Trump himself. The notion that we want a POTUS of dubious legitimacy and a lack of clarity of his loyalty to this nation going to nuclear war with North Korea is absurd.
Then you add the fact that Trump doesn’t know what the point is in having nuclear weapons if you can’t use them. The word deterrence means nothing to him nor do the words mutually assured destruction.
“Other lawmakers said they learned little during the session, which was held in a large auditorium in a building adjacent to the West Wing.”
“It was an OK briefing,” said Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Oregon Democrat, said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that they learned nothing new in terms of details on the administration’s thinking on North Korea and any potential actions the US could take in response to another nuclear test. He said he believed the White House’s decision to have the meeting was for “optics.”
“We learned nothing you couldn’t read in the newspaper,” Merkley said.
Nothing you couldn’t read in the newspaper.
“Likewise, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that she did not see new information in the White House briefing “at all.”
“It felt more like a dog and pony show to me than anything else,” Duckworth said. “I guess it has something to with this 100 days in office.”
John McCain tries very hard to put a charitable spin on it:
“Lawmakers traveled together in a fleet of buses from across town to attend the hour-long mid-afternoon briefing. Returning to Capitol Hill, none said they heard any new revelations from the administration officials.”
“I didn’t hear anything new because I have been heavily briefed before,” said Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “It’s a very serious situation, just as I had (thought) before I went there.”
In other words, it was a waste of time-as he’d already been briefed.
Let’s hope the NY Times is right:
“President Trump summoned all 100 members of the Senate for a briefing by his war cabinet on the mounting tensions with North Korea. An American submarine loaded with Tomahawk missiles surfaced in a port in South Korea. Gas stations in the North shut down amid rumors that the government was stockpiling fuel.”
“Americans could be forgiven for thinking that war is about to break out. But it is not.”
“The drumbeat of bellicose threats and military muscle-flexing on both sides overstates the danger of a clash between the United States and North Korea, senior Trump administration officials and experts who have followed the Korean crisis for decades said. While Mr. Trump regards the rogue government in the North as his most pressing international problem, he told the senators he was pursuing a strategy that relied heavily on using China’s economic leverage to curb its neighbor’s provocative behavior.”
“Recent American military moves — like deploying the submarine Michigan and the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to the waters off the Korean Peninsula — were aimed less at preparing for a pre-emptive strike, officials said, than at discouraging the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, from conducting further nuclear or ballistic missile tests.”
“In confronting the reckless North Korean regime, it’s critical that we’re guided by a strong sense of resolve, both privately and publicly, both diplomatically and militarily,” Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the Pentagon’s top commander in the Pacific, told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.
Just so long as it’s not so strong Kim Jong-un panics and launches nukes at South Korea.
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