Fox's Pete Hegseth encourages Trump to pursue "the bloody nose approach" with North Korea
Hegseth: "North Korea is clearly feeling the pressure because of the tough talk, ‘fire and fury,’ ‘little rocket man.’ Those things actually matter.”
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From the January 11 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Pete, so, it may just be about the Olympics, but nonetheless, they're going to be at a table, and they're going to be talking.
PETE HEGSETH (FOX & FRIENDS WEEKEND HOST): They are. They've talked before, so it's not as if the entirety of this credit would necessarily go to the administration. But you have to --
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): But it's been two years.
HEGSETH: But it's been two years, and it didn't have to happen. It didn't have to happen this way, and North Korea is clearly feeling the pressure because of the tough talk, ‘fire and fury,” “little rocket man.” Those things actually matter. I also loved the talk of the bloody nose approach, which, the White House has denied a little bit, but the White House is pushing out into the bloodstream the idea that if they launch again we may strike, proactively, one of their sites, one of Kim Jong Un's homes, one of their military facilities, and then make it clear, hey, this is just a counterpunch --
DOOCY: A bloody nose.
HEGSETH: A bloody nose, because they don't want to trigger all-out war.
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): For someone who's fought for our country, how does the enemy respond to that?
HEGSETH: That's the difficult part of this calculus. North Korea is not a regime that we fundamentally understand as far as how hard they would hit back. But you can't hope that talks alone will work. That's why this is a good thing. I'm glad South Korea is recognizing they have a true ally in President Trump. But it doesn't change the entire dynamic of denuclearizing North Korea. They're still headed like a truck down the freeway toward nuclear weapons, they already have them. Time is on their side. We have to do something aggressive now.