President Donald Trump does not plan to draw any “red lines” threatening military action against North Korea, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday.
“Drawing red lines really hasn’t worked in the past,” Spicer told reporters at the afternoon briefing. “He holds his cards close to the vest, and I think you’re not going to see him telegraphing how he’s going to respond to any military or other situation going forward.”
Trump has sharpened his rhetoric about North Korea and signaled that he has asked China’s president, Xi Jinping, to increase pressure on the reclusive country to halt its nuclear program.
Spicer told reporters Monday that Trump is capable of taking “decisive action” against adversaries but said he does not expect the president to publicly lay out what, if anything, could prompt the United States to intervene militarily in North Korea. Spicer said giving too many details would put the United States at a disadvantage.
“We start to talk about what the action will be months in advance, and it really gives the intended recipient of action a heads up as to what’s going on, so I don’t think that you’re going to see the president drawing red lines in the sand,” Spicer said. “But I think that the action that he took in Syria shows that when appropriate, this president will take decisive action.”