Trump 'Calm Before the Storm' Remark Causes Confusion

What does he mean? 'You'll find out'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2017 1:30 AM CDT
Updated Oct 6, 2017 6:33 AM CDT
Trump: This Is the 'Calm Before the Storm'
President Trump and Melania Trump pose for a group photo with senior military leaders and spouses in the State Dining Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Trump made an ominous remark after meeting with his top military commanders—and declined to explain what he was talking about. "You guys know what this represents?" Trump told reporters as he posed for a photo with First Lady Melania Trump, military officials, and their spouses before a White House dinner Thursday night. "Maybe it's the calm before the storm." When asked to clarify the remark, Trump said "we have the world's great military people" present, CBS reports. Asked again what the "storm" might be, Trump said: "You'll find out" and ended the questioning.

Trump may have been talking about Iran: Earlier Thursday, sources said Trump plans to "decertify" Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, which is due for recertification by Oct. 15. "The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence and chaos across the Middle East," Trump said at the meeting with military leaders, per the Guardian. "That is why we must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions." There has also been speculation that Trump was referring to action against ISIS or North Korea, reports the BBC. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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