Breaking: Trump Gathers Generals, Declares “Calm Before the Storm”

During a photo-op with top military leaders and their spouses Thursday evening at the White House, President Donald Trump issued a very ominous statement about what possibly lies ahead for America’s future.

“You guys know what this represents?” he remarked to the reporters who were present. “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm. Could be the calm. The calm before the storm.”

When questioned by reporters as to what “storm” he meant, he initially replied, “We have the world’s great military leaders in this room — I will tell you that.”

“You’ll find out,” he then added when the reporters pressed him yet again for an answer.

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So what did he mean? To answer this question, let’s first take a look at what exactly happened Thursday evening.

According to The New York Times, the photo-op occurred before a “planned dinner with military leaders and their spouses.”

But more importantly, it happened after a meeting with senior military leaders — including Defense Secretary Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster — during which Trump made a number of notable remarks about troublesome regimes such as North Korea and Iran.

“We cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or our allies with unimaginable loss of life,” he said of North Korea. “We will do what we must do to prevent that from happening. And it will be done, if necessary — believe me.”

“In addition, we must not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons,” he added. “The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed, and chaos across the Middle East. That is why we must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions. They have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement.”

Given his remarks, it seems fair to presume perhaps he believes trouble is ahead for the United States in regard to it relations with these two regimes.

But not everyone agrees with this assessment.

“I think there’s a high degree of probability that he’s trolling everyone,” Axios political reporter Jonathan Swan said Friday morning on MSNBC, citing an unnamed White House offficial who he claimed told him Trump’s “trolling all of you.”

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So which is it? We just don’t know right now. Based on what we know about the president and his willingness to strike when it’s hot, however, I wouldn’t put anything past him.

H/T Zero Hedge

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