Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump makes cryptic 'calm before the storm' remarks

Trump makes cryptic 'calm before the storm' remarks

During his speech to the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if needed to defend itself or U.S. allies.

No, Tillerson said, he had never contemplated resignation.

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.

Wall Street panicked, sending the price of Puerto Rico's bonds plummeting, and Mick Mulvaney of the White House Office of Management and Budget had to step in.

Many thought the imitation was an insensitive jab at Puerto Rico and Hispanic culture, with some calling his pronunciation a sign of "prejudice", as well as "insensitive" and "mocking".

"You guys know what this represents?"

Mr. Trump drew out the name in an accented fashion three times - "Pueeeeerto Rico" - telling the crowd, "We love Pueeeeerto Rico".

Trump later told reporters inside a Las Vegas hospital, where he was visiting to console the victims of Sunday's mass shooting, that he has "total confidence" in Tillerson and said reports that the secretary of state called him a moron were "fake news" and "totally made up".

Trump said on Saturday that he had a good relationship with his secretary of state despite some disagreements.

Then there was Sen.

"I think we have some serious world issues here". A third reporter again asked Trump what the "storm" was, to which Trump replied, "You'll find out".

"There are other people within the administration, in my belief, that don't", he said. Trump's bluster on September 19 also deepened internal tensions with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who was privately supporting the secret diplomacy.

Which brings us to Nick Ayers, who made his name as a Republican political consultant here in Georgia and now serves as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump responded to Friday's question by saying, "Thank you very much", before smiling and winking.

Yes. Just imagine the possibilities.

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