Mattis To Trump: US ‘Never Out Of Diplomatic Solutions’ On North Korea

Hours after President Trump suggested on Twitter on Wednesday morning that he is uninterested in using diplomacy to ease tensions with North Korea, his own defense secretary rebuked him. โ€œThe U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 year,โ€ the president tweeted. โ€œTalking is not the answer!โ€ In direct response to that tweet, Secretary James Mattis told Defense News: โ€œWeโ€™re never out of diplomatic solutions.โ€ On Tuesday, North Korea carried out a missile launch that its government claimed was a โ€œpreludeโ€ to striking the U.S. territory of Guam.