On ABC’s “This Week,” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus told host Jonathan Karl that President Trump is assembling a coalition of nations of Asia and the Pacific rim who want to collaborate in pressurizing North Korea’s totalitarian regime over its continued nuclear missile program. Priebus told Karl on Sunday, “We've got a president that means business." He added, "Working with China to put pressure on North Korea, working with our allies. Yesterday, he had a conversation with the president of the Philippines. Today, he'll talk to Singapore and Thailand. He keeps in close contact with the president in Japan, President [Shinzo] Abe. This is a mission-driven president who spends a lot of time talking to allies and talking with our experts."
The Japanese leader said in London Friday that North Korea poses a “grave threat” to Japan and called on the international community to put pressure on the hermit nation. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the UN to place economic and political sanctions on North Korea. These came in response to another failed missile test by North Korea. Some observers suspect that the launch was hacked by American cyberwarriors. The missile broke up after streaking about 40 miles from its launch pad near Pyongyang.
Priebus underscored Trump’s refusal to telegraph just what are the next moves by the United States. Trump had said that North Korea had shown “disrespect” to its neighbor and chief trading partner, China. "'I'm not sure about that. I don't want to get ahead of him or the foreign policy team on that matter," Preibus told Karl.
On matters at home, Priebus said that only Congressional Democrats and members of the media who want to see Trump’s tax returns. "This issue has been litigated before the American people," Priebus said. "And the American people issued a judgment in November. President Trump won one of the most historic presidential victories in the history of our country. The only people asking me this question are people like you."