Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Trump refuses to explain his cryptic 'calm before the storm' statement

Trump refuses to explain his cryptic 'calm before the storm' statement

President Donald Trump said on Saturday he has a good relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but sometimes he would like Tillerson to be a "little bit tougher". He also mentioned Hurricane Maria, which recently swept through the island of Puerto Rico.

The day was supposed to be over - at least, that's what the White House communications staff told reporters Thursday evening as President Trump retired to the State Dining Room for dinner with his top military commanders.

Budget director Mick Mulvaney tells NBC that Trump's "clearly telegraphing, and this should not be news to anybody", that "military options are on the table".

Asked on Saturday about Trump's tweet, Sanders said she had nothing to add to the president's comments.

"I wouldn't say that he's messing with the press", Sanders replied.

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Trump has often blasted the media for its "fake news" coverage of his presidency. Great ratings. While you just never know with this unconventional commander-in-chief, the military display could be a hint. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., who have been discussing a limited bipartisan deal to stabilize state-level markets for individual health insurance policies.

Congress will have a 60-day review period to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted by the agreement. Christopher Ruddy, CEO of the Newsmax website and one of the president's longtime friends, said he thinks the American people respect the fact that the first lady put her son's needs first. That, in turn, prompted questions over Kelly's own frustrations in managing the White House.

"The president's remarks do, however, strengthen Puerto Rico's hand in negotiations with creditors", the adviser said.

But not definitive. It is bad news for bond insurers - Assured Guaranty, MBIA and Ambac Financial Group - who insure US$8.2bn, US$8.4bn, and US$9.6bn of Puerto Rico debt, respectively. It shows more positive measures in such categories as functioning hospitals, open airports and post offices, and the number of federal employees deployed.

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