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Sen. Rounds: Separate Trump's Words From Action on NKorea

(MSNBC's "Morning Joe")

By    |   Monday, 25 September 2017 09:45 AM

It's important to separate President Donald Trump's words from his actions when it comes to North Korea, as his actions on sanctions and other diplomatic options have been consistent, Sen. Mike Rounds said Monday.

"The discussions that he has right now is just as if he was sitting at a coffee place talking to folks around him," the South Dakota Republican, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "Look at his actions and what he's doing. Those are what we're going to be following. That's what we're following within Armed Services."

Finally, there are "serious discussions about economic sanctions," said Rounds, including with banks that are actually doing business with North Korea, including China.

"China has a problem with North Korea as well, and they recognize it," he continued, "corruption with their provinces around North Korea is based upon the fact that North Korea is doing things that China doesn't want."

Rounds acknowledged he would not use the same language Trump uses, including calling North Korea leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man."

"But the president is elected," the senator said. "He's the one who is laying out a focus . . . his actions have been consistent and finally we're getting to the point where we're providing economic sanctions that we think will work. This is better than military action."

He also said he believes that Trump's actions, not his words, are what North Korea is seeing.

"[They see] their bottom line in terms of their policies, their economic development opportunities," Rounds said. "Their survival capabilities are based upon other people supporting and subsidizing them, including China and Russia. That means imports of fuels. It means accepting exports from North Korea and so forth. Those are the critical issues right now."

North Korea has been identified as a "problem child" for some time now, said Rounds, but the United States must "defensively protect ourselves and our allies. That takes several different forms, but diplomacy is still appropriate and economic sanctions are the best.

"Let's do everything we can not to get into a fighting war, said Rounds. "But I will say this: If we get into a fighting war, it probably means the end of North Korea."

Rounds also discussed the financial implications of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform bill to his state, saying that South Dakota will come out ahead.

"In South Dakota, we'll go anywhere from several hundred million dollars to in excess of $1.2 billion in a period of six years," said Rounds. "For the first time we have Native Americans being recognized as having an entitlement to healthcare under their treaties, and we can use Medicaid for the first time under this proposal at 100 percent federal funding rather than basically a 50/50 split with the state of South Dakota."

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It's important to separate President Donald Trump's words from his actions when it comes to North Korea, as his actions on sanctions and other diplomatic options have been consistent, Sen. Mike Rounds said Monday.
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