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Kinzinger on NKorea: 'Diplomacy is What We Want to Do'


By    |   Friday, 27 October 2017 03:09 PM

President Donald Trump "has been very smart" in his treatment of North Korea, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said Friday.

"Diplomacy is what we want to do," he said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "Ultimately the best way to get the situation done. The problem, and I think where the president has been very smart in this: for 25 years we've tried diplomacy, but diplomacy's never been backed by a credible military option."

He added later, "President Trump saying, 'Man, we were three steps behind when we took over. We've got to catch up.' The hope here is that diplomacy compels the Chinese, the Russians, the people utilizing North Korean slave labor and also allowing commerce to transition across their borders to actually get on board with stopping this."

Kinzinger, a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said that there's "some method" to Trump saying less about North Korea in recent weeks, saying that on some issues "there is a benefit in unpredictability."

The congressman said that North Korean officials "want to know what President Trump is made of, what it shows is unpredictability actually makes them nervous and a little on edge, and so I think what you saw is the president with that rhetoric for a purpose . . . giving diplomacy a chance to work."

He ended the interview with a comment on the soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month, saying he is "concerned about the spread of ISIS throughout Africa," and that "we're in basically World War III here."

"A low-grade version and not as intense in World War II and I, but we're fighting an enemy all over the world and it will be in places where ISIS is going to go and taking root," Kinzinger said.

"In Niger we're using Green Beret and special ops to build indigenous forces to resist it. That's what they're supposed to do. And so I think had there been an ISIS presence in Niger and we had no troops there, you would have people screaming, 'How come we didn't see this coming and why aren't we doing anything?' We're leveraging the best and brightest of America to use folks in an indigenous region to defend their own country."

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