More than half of Americans don’t feel confident about President Trump’s ability to properly handle North Korea’s nuclear situation, according to a new CBS News Poll.
Only 39 percent of respondents claimed they were “confident,” while 56 percent said they were “uneasy” about Trump handling relations with North Korea as the country’s nuclear capabilities grow.
Earlier this week, Trump ordered a U.S. Navy strike group and North Korea has responded with the threat of a nuclear attack.
“We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” Trump told Fox Business Network. “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier,” the president added.
For its part, North Korea has vowed a retaliatory response and has tested multiple ballistic missiles since Trump took office.
“Our revolutionary strong army is keenly watching every move by enemy elements with our nuclear sight focused on the U.S. invasionary bases not only in South Korea and the Pacific operation theater but also in the U.S. mainland,” its official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said, according to Reuters.
Trump is now turning to China for assistance in the tense region and called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to take further action during their meeting last week. Reuters reported:
China’s U.N. ambassador, Liu Jieyi, called the Korean situation “tense” and repeated China’s call for a return to dialogue with North Korea.
“We believe that it is highly important to move toward denuclearization, to maintain peace and stability, and it’s time that different sides sit down to talk about achieving these objectives,” he told Reuters.
Asked about Trump linking a trade deal to China’s help with North Korea: “We need to look at the situation on the Korean Peninsula as something that we should work together on.”