Trump Warns of 'Calm Before the Storm'

Frederick Owens
October 9, 2017

NBC reporter Kristen Welker asked.

Yet this was hard Friday, as Trump himself continued to sow confusion by refusing to clarify what he had actually meant by "the calm before the storm".

"Maybe it's the calm before the storm", he said.

'You'll find out, ' he said, winking.

White House reporters were summoned suddenly Thursday evening and told the president had decided he wanted the press to document a dinner he was holding with the military leaders and their spouses. "You'll find out", he said.

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To another question, if USA citizens and adversaries should take those remarks seriously, Sanders said, "I think you can take the president protecting the American people always extremely serious".

When asked if Trump values the First Amendment, she said the President is an "incredible advocate" of the freedom of the press, but said "with those freedoms also come responsibilities".

The meeting with military brass had included discussions of pressing national security threats, including North Korea's accelerated nuclear weapons testing, and the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. "We're never going to say in advance what the president's going to do, and as [Trump] said last night, you'll have to wait and see". "But at the same time, the President is going to keep all of his options on the table".

Sanders cautioned that Trump 'certainly doesn't want to lay out his game plan for our enemies'. "So if you're asking, is the president trying to do that - absolutely". "But I do think that we should call on all media to a higher standard".

'We've got a lot of bad actors in the world: North Korea, Iran, there's several examples there, ' she said, adding that 'I haven't been specific about anything'. And it will be done, if necessary, believe me'.

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