Trump’s Asia Trip Begins With Unmistakable Warning To Kim Jong Un

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Rocking a new bomber jacket, President Donald Trump delivered a powerful speech Sunday to American troops at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

Trump sent a crystal clear message during the speech to the North Korean regime that is actively destabilizing Northeast Asia through the development and testing of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to distant shores.

“No one, no dictator, no regime … should underestimate American resolve,” the president said.

“Every once in a while in the past they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them,” Trump continued. “It was not pleasant. We will never yield. Never waiver, and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom and our great American flag.”

“We dominate the sky. We dominate the sea. We dominate the land and space,” he told U.S. troops, further remarking: “You are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent.”


The president’s remarks come at the beginning of a two-week trip to Asia, the longest presidential trip to the region in decades. During his stay, he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. As the focus of the president’s visit is the looming North Korean nuclear threat, there are concerns that the North will engage in undesirable provocations.

Asked about this possibility prior to his arrival in Japan, Trump simply told reporters, “We’ll soon find out. Good luck!”

North Korea, a brutal regime that abuses its citizens, has upped its game this year, testing around two dozen missiles and a nuclear device. Among those provocations were tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the U.S. and a suspected staged thermonuclear warhead that the missile was designed to carry.

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