At the start of a 12-day trip through Asia to confront North Korea, President Trump told U.S. service members in Japan on Sunday that “no dictator” should underestimate America’s military power and determination.
The president also said he expects to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during this trip to seek his help with North Korea.
Meeting with U.S. troops at Yokata Air Base in Japan on the first full day of his Asia visit, Mr. Trump referred to the diplomatic and security challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
“Together with our allies, America’s warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities,” Mr. Trump said. “No one — no dictator, no regime, and no nation should underestimate, ever, American resolve.”
In an apparent reference to World War II, Mr. Trump said enemies have made the mistake of underestimating the U.S. “every once in awhile in the past.”
“It was not pleasant for them, was it?” he said to applause. “We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom and our great American flag.”