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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, center, poses for a group photo with senior military leaders and spouses in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Trump was hosting the dinner for the group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump ominously called an event with military leaders 'the calm before the storm'


President Trump on Thursday evening told reporters that posing for photos with his senior military leaders may prove to be “the calm before the storm.”

“You guys know what this represents?” he asked in the State Dining Room. “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm. Could be the calm, the calm before the storm.”

“What storm, Mr. President?” a reporter asked as President Trump and first lady Melania Trump posed with his highest-ranking military aides and their respective wives.

“You’ll find out,” Trump responded before praising the assembled group. “We have the world’s military people in this room, I will tell you that.”

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Some Twitter users on Friday voiced alarm at Trump’s remarks, while others expressed confidence in the president’s intentions.

Trump did not specify whether his remarks were referring to Iran, North Korea or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) when asked by a reporter.

The president earlier Thursday night, however, noted “tremendous progress” had been made regarding ISIS.

“I guess the media’s going to be finding out about that over the next short period of time,” he said.

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Trump also denounced Iran, vowing it should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, and he also issued a start warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“We cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or allies with unimaginable loss of life,” he said of North Korea.

“[I’ll] do what we must do to prevent that from happening if necessary,” Trump added. “Believe me.”

Trump additionally noted that going forward, he expects the officials present to give him a “broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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