President Trump – who wrote in his memoir, “Know when to walk away from the table” – has cancelled a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over that country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program.
“I've spoken to Gen. Mattis and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and our military, which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world, that has been greatly enhanced recently, as you all know, is ready if necessary,” Trump said Thursday from the White House. “Likewise, I have spoken to South Korea and Japan and they are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the cost of any financial burden, any of the costs associated by the United States in operations if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us.”
In a letter Thursday to Kim, the president said it was “inappropriate” for the two leaders to meet given the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in North Korea’s recent statement.
“Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place,” Trump wrote. “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
Trump left the door open for a future meeting and thanked Kim for releasing U.S. hostages recently. “The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth,” the president wrote. “This missed opportunity is truly a sad moment in history.”
Two Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean War told Task & Purpose earlier this year that Trump should be careful not to be manipulated by Kim. “If I were the president, I wouldn’t bend one bit to agree with that varmint,” Army veteran Ronald Rosser said in March. “I’d tell him, ‘You got to stop doing that stuff.’”
Fellow Korean War hero Hiroshi Miyamura said that Trump should not agree to a deal that would include removing all U.S. troops from South Korea, but he felt Trump made the right move by initially agreeing to meet Kim. “When you get a madman in control of something like that, you don’t know what he might decide he wants to blow someone up,” Miyamura told Task & Purpose. “It’s hard to let him have that power over the world.”
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.