Trump sh­tum on ‘storm’

The Sunday Times - - WORLD -

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.

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