Trump’s North Korea Dilemma: Asking For Billions For Missile Defense Without Freaking People Out

March 15, 2018

Buzzfeed News:

Talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could have a benefit no one in the Trump administration really wants to acknowledge — taking some of the pressure off a missile defense system whose effectiveness few are certain of.

The Trump administration has been walking a fine line for the past year between expressing public confidence in US defenses and urgently pressing for billions in new spending to upgrade a missile defense system that officials admit is racing to keep up with North Korea’s rapidly evolving missile threat.

Trump famously vowed last year that any North Korean aggression will be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” The US has weapons “that can knock out a missile in the air 97% of the time,” he promised.

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