Trump Says Military Gathering Might Be `Calm Before the Storm'

President Donald Trump right speaks during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington Thursday Oct. 5 2017 with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster left and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis center

Trump Says Military Gathering Might Be `Calm Before the Storm'

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At an event with military leaders at the White House Thursday, President Trump cryptically told reporters that the gathering was "the calm before the storm".

When he was asked about what he meant Trump simply said "You'll find out". The cameras clicked and they smiled.

"You guys know what this represents?" Again, reporters asked him what he meant, and if the storm had anything to do with Iran or ISIS, and again, Trump did not answer. Live classical music played. "Could be the calm, the calm before the storm".

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Then, Trump gestured to the reporters in the room.

"What storm Mr. President?" one reporter shouted.

Earlier in the evening, while seated with the top defence officials in the cabinet room, Trump talked about the threat from North Korea and preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

"We have the greatest military people in this room, I will tell you that", Trump added. Those in attendance included Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Trump asked assembled members of the media.

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The administration is also pushing for the denuclearization of North Korea, aiming to deter the dictatorship's nuclear and missile programs with economic sanctions.

On North Korea, the president said "we will do what we must do" to prevent Pyongyang from threatening the USA and its allies.

"Moving forward, I also expect you to provide me with a broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace".

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