U.S. President Donald Trump said today that his administration would be prepared to handle North Korea’s foreboding promise of a “Christmas gift,” whether it be a long-range missile test or something more pleasant.
“Maybe it’s a nice present,” Trump joked when questioned by reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort. “Maybe it’s a present where he sends me a beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has demanded that economic sanctions against his country be lifted by the end of the year, and a senior North Korean diplomat suggested earlier this month that it’s entirely up to the U.S. what kind of “Christmas gift” it gets from the country. There is speculation that North Korea could abandon diplomacy with the U.S. altogether if Washington doesn’t meet its expectations. The U.S., on the other hand, has said it won’t consider any concessions before North Korea takes steps toward total denuclearization.
Trump seemed unfazed by the potential threat, though. “We’ll find out what the surprise is and we’ll deal with it very successfully,” he said. “Everybody’s got surprises for me, but let’s see what happens. I handle them as they come along.”