The U.S. is “right on track,” President Donald Trump assured Americans on Monday.
Flanked by First Lady Melania Trump, their son Barron and the Easter Bunny on the White House balcony, Trump thanked attendees of his first Easter Egg Roll.
Trump’s first egg roll is the 139th year of the White House tradition, which dates back to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878.
“I wanna thank everybody,” Trump said. “This is the 139th Easter Egg Roll. Think of it — 139. It began [a] long time ago — 1878.”
“And we will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before,” he continued. “We’re right on track. You see what’s happening, and we are right on track.”
Trump’s declaration follows North Korea’s latest attempted provocation over the weekend, when it conducted a failed missile test. Han Song Ryol, North Korea’s vice foreign minister, told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that Trump’s tweets were adding a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
“Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words,” he told AP. “It’s not the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] but the U.S. and Trump that makes trouble.”
Despite the threat of North Korea’s nuclear capability, questions about the administration’s next moves in Syria and the ongoing battle against the Islamic State in the Middle East, Trump tweeted Monday that the first months of his administration has highlighted the “total failure” of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. The president was apparently roughly quoting conservative author Michael Knowles, who appeared on “Fox and Friends” sharing a similar sentiment.