Trump shtum on ‘storm’
US President Donald Trump has declined to explain what he meant when he described a gathering of military leaders as “the calm before the storm” but the White House said he was not just being mischievous when he made the remark.
Pressed about what he meant by Thursday’s comment, the US leader declined to elaborate, saying only, “you’ll find out”.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also declined to say what Mr Trump meant.
When asked whether Mr Trump was being mischievous, Ms Sanders denied he was just “messing with the press”.
“I think we have some serious world issues here. I think that North Korea, Iran both continue to be bad actors and the President is somebody who’s going to always look for ways to protect Americans,” Ms Sanders said.
Leon Panetta, a former defence secretary and CIA director, said Mr Trump’s remarks would be something “you’d really worry about” under a previous president. But he said Mr Trump’s comments appeared to follow a pattern he’d established on Twitter.
“You begin to assume that it’s more about getting attention than it is about proclaiming some kind of national policy,” he said.