President Trump Announces New Action on US Security Coming Next Week

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President Donald Trump on Friday, Feb 10, 2017 renewed US security guarantees to Japan over islands in the East China Sea with which it has a territorial dispute with Beijing during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday his White House will unveil new security measures to keep America safe next week, and said his administration will continue to pursue efforts to lift the freeze on his immigration ban.

“We will be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. You will be seeing that sometime next week,” Trump said at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, without elaborating on what the actions will be.

Trump began the East Room news conference by renewing US security guarantees to Japan concerning islands in the East China Sea with which it has a territorial dispute with Beijing.

“We are committed to the security of Japan and all areas under its administrative control,” Trump said.

Before their joint appearance in the East Room, the two leaders held Oval Office talks expected to focus on the restive security situation in Northeast Asia as China flexes its territorial muscles and North Korea pursues its nuclear and ballistic missile program. They were also discussing the US-Japan alliance, the bedrock of American power projection in Asia about which Trump made uncomplimentary comments during his campaign.

Japan calls the island chain the Senkakus, while China calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

The US recognizes Japanese administration of the islands and says Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty applies to them. But there had been some doubt over Trump’s position on the issue — at least until Defense Secretary James Mattis renewed the guarantee last week.

Trump’s travel ban has been blocked by a federal judge in Seattle, a ruling upheld Thursday night by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The President said that he was also confident that legal efforts would ultimately succeed in defending his executive order to temporarily halt immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

“We will continue to go through the court process,” Trump said.

Trump did not specify exactly what the new security measures would entail. “We will not allow into our country who are looking to do harm to our people,” Trump said.


  • goose

    My problem with a lot of the media depictions thus far is that there were a lot of people that didn’t like this guy from the start, but slowly went over to his side and now support him. When most of the stories have a tinge of negativity thrown into them, it’s going to be that much harder to hold him accountable when he actually does mess up. A grain of salt? Not when you throw a bucket of it on everything. Plenty of positive things that both sides can agree on that don’t even get coverage that we hear about someplace else. Omission reporting has the same effect as negative reports. Just pointing that out. You’re building a new counter culture by being biased.

  • TrumpTalk

    It is almost embarrassing that POTUS cannot even put together a proper, structured sentence. Every time he opens his mouth, his sentences are spewed out like a child that cannot explain what he or she wants. I think immigrant wife FLOTUS can speak better English and that is not saying much. Hail Trump Vocabulary !! Hail hail!!! Such a “beautiful, great thing”.

  • RicU.

    Awesome is an understatement. This will be a powerhouse of a news conference. While security will not allow official information leaks,, I am certain there are many sources being pressed for “hints.” Good work, Shawn.

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