The back and forth between the White House and China is getting more intense. President Trump fired a critical tweet against Chinese leadership with North Korea, and on Monday, China’s Foreign Ministry made a statement to Reuters in response.
President Trump tweeted that he was disappointed in Beijing for not doing more to reign in North Korea. He targeted the Chinese government after North Korea conducted its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Pyongyang, the North Korean government, said the missile was capable of striking the mainland United States.
Trump fired these tweets: “I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk,” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.
“We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”
This last test of missiles on Friday came less than a month after North Korea conducted its first successful launch of an ICBM. The test is a milestone reached in their goal of striking the U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s statement that they gave in response to Trump’s tweets said that it is important to work together to solve the North Korean nuclear issue. “All parties should have a correct understanding of this,” the ministry said.
North Korea is firing missiles, Trump is firing tweets, and now the Chinese government is firing back. The adage is probably true: “When you play with fire. . .”
During a cabinet meeting on Monday, the President did comment about North Korea after the statement from China saying: