Trump Can't Understand Why Japan Didn't Shoot Down North Korea's Missiles: Report
Just hours before U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Japan—where North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons is expected to be a central topic of discussion—the Japan Times reported that in recent talks with Asian leaders, Trump has openly suggested that “Japan should have shot down the North Korean missiles that flew over the country before landing in the Pacific Ocean earlier this year.”
According to diplomatic sources, the Japan Times notes that Trump “said he could not understand why a country of samurai warriors did not shoot down the missiles,” despite the potentially devastating geopolitical consequences of doing so.
The Times continues:
Upon arriving in Japan on Sunday, Trump continued ratcheting up the militaristic rhetoric that has sparked fears of a nuclear conflict between the U.S. and North Korea.
Speaking to U.S. troops at the Yokota Air Base shortly after touching down, Trump said: “We dominate the sky. We dominate the sea. We dominate the land and space. Not merely because we have the best equipment, which we do, and by the way, a lot of it’s coming in. You saw that budget.”
“No one, no dictator, no regime, and no nation should underestimate ever American resolve,” Trump continued. “Every once in a while in the past they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them. Was it? It was not pleasant.”
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