BINTANGNEWS.com – US President Donald Trump is not only a bully domestically in the United States, but also acts very much like a bully and not a diplomat when he is abroad, aninvestigative journalist in Washington says.
“Trump is constantly haranguing China for not doing enough with North Korea, even though China would be one of the countries affected by a sudden collapse in the North Korean government with refugees pouring over its border. Trump doesn’t seem to understand that,” said Wayne Madsen, an author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international affairs.
“China has also banned tourism from China to North Korea, and that’s a huge step because most people have to enter North Korea via flights from Beijing and these are tourists that bring a lot of hard currency into North Korea. So by banning these tour groups from conducting these tourist operations to North Korea, that’s a huge hit on the North Korean economy,” Madsen said during a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday.
“Again, Donald Trump is claiming that China needs to do more and China has done a lot. Maybe they need to tweak some of their sanctions a little but Donald Trump has always wanted to be making demands but he doesn’t grant any concessions,” he said.
Trump arrived in China on Wednesday as part of his Asia tour for talks likely to be dominated by tensions over North Korea.
Trump has harshly expressed “disappointment” at China for lack of action to contain North Korea, vowing not to allow the inaction to continue.
Trump had previously pledged to exert pressure on China to do more to rein in Pyongyang and its rapidly advancing missile program; however, he seems to have cooled to the notion in recent months.
Addressing South Korea’s National Assembly on Tuesday, Trump attempted to portray his administration as much more willing than former US administrations to resort to military action against the North.
Trump also threatened Pyongyang again with “destruction” if it continues nuclear “provocations.”
During his visit to Japan on Monday, Trump told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that US weapons would help shoot down North Korean ballistic missiles. He encouraged the Japanese prime minister to “shoot them out of the sky when he completes the purchase of lots of additional military equipment from the United States.”
A CNN poll released this month found that Americans are growing more concerned about how Trump is handling the escalating situation. More than six in 10 say Trump's responses to North Korea's threats have been more reckless than responsible.***
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