There is no bigger threat facing the United States than that of nuclear-armed North Korea, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Sunday.
In an interview with ABC News' "This Week," Priebus pushed back criticism of President Donald Trump for calling Philippine Rodrigo Duterte and not mentioning human rights violations in that country.
"He's been speaking a lot to all of our partners in southeast Asia," Pence said. "The issue on the table is North Korea.There is nothing facing the country and the region more important than what's going on in North Korea."
"Whether they're good folks, bad folks, people we wish would do better in their country, we have to be on the same page," he added.
Priebus also blamed previous administrations for not doing enough to stop Pyongyang's continued nuclear program buildup.
"We have a situation where lots of administrations before us and many others have just watched this transpire… watch them put missiles into mountainsides. And here we are today."
"We've got a president that means business," he added. "And he's used his, I think, negotiating skills very wisely, befriending and becoming very close to President Xi in China, working with China to put pressure on North Korea, working with our allies. Yesterday, he had a conversation with the president of the Philippines. Today, he'll talk to Singapore and Thailand."
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