After multiple reports emerge din the media that China had been providing oil to the rogue state of North Korea, United States President Donald Trump suggested that action could be taken by his administration against China for doing so. He added that the he could act on the multiple threats that he had issued against China.
“If they don’t help us with North Korea, then I can do what I’ve always said I want to do,” Trump told The New York Times.
It has been since Trump had assumed office that he had been pressurizing and threatening China that he would impose punitive taxes if the second largest economy in the world did not refrain from what Trump alleges as being unfair trade practices. “They have to help us much more,” he told the Times.
It has been just a few days that the latest aggressive stance against china has been taken by Trump. In a tweet separate from the newspaper interview, Trump tweeted that there will “never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem” as long as North Korea continues to receive help from China.
Trump also said during the impromptu interview at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida that fair treatment is being expected by him resulting from the ongoing investigations on the alleged Russian involvement in the Presidential elections of 2016.
“I think he’s going to be fair,” Trump said. He was referring to the special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller is heading the probe against Russia and related allegations. Trump has however repeatedly reiterated that none of his election associates had anything to with Moscow on the alleged interference.
In recent weeks, there are other Republicans who have attempted to disrepute the investigations that are ongoing and Trump’s comments come amidst such an environment.
The probe “makes the country look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position,” the president said. “So the sooner it’s worked out, the better it is for the country.”
Trump also sounded quite confident when, during the interview, he said that he was confident that he would be able to get re-elected to the post once again. The interview given the U.S. President, one of the rare occasions that he has given one, he touched on multiple topics from health care to the defeat of Republican Roy S. Moore in Alabama.
“Another reason that we’re going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes,” he said.
(Adapted from CNBC)