From: John Bennett
Date: September 3, 2017 at 3:23:24 PM EDT
Subject: Pool report #8 - Mattis warns NK of "massive" military response
Pool report No. 8 | Sept. 3, 2017
Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea that the United States has “many” military options President Trump could use to deal with its nuclear arms and long-range missile programs.
Standing outside the West Wing after a “small group” meeting with Trump, Mattis said any major threat to the United States or its allies would be met with a “massive” military response that would be “overwhelming.”
But, he said, the Trump administration is not looking for the “annihilation” of any country, including North Korea.
Mattis was flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. The duo did not respond to several shouted questions, including whether war with North Korea is now inevitable.
John T. Bennett
White House Correspondent
CQ Roll Call
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