President Trump delivered a not-so-veiled threat to North Korea leader Kim Jong-un when he warned the world, namely dictators, not to underestimate "America's resolve" in a speech at Yokota Air Base on Sunday. Trump touted American military strength in a speech at the United States Air Force base near Tokyo in the first leg of his Asian tour.
"No one, no dictator, no regime, and no nation should underestimate ever American resolve," the president said. "Every once in a while in the past they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them. Was it? It was not pleasant. We will never yield. Never waiver, and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom, and our great American flag."
"We dominate the sky. We dominate the sea. We dominate the land and space. Not merely because we have the best equipment, which we do, and by the way, a lot of it is coming in. You saw the budget. That's a lot different than the past. A lot of beautiful brand new equipment is coming in. And nobody makes it like they make it in the United States. Nobody," Trump told troops in an airplane hangar.
"As long as I am president, the servicemen and women who defend our nation will have the equipment, the resources, and the funding they need to secure our homeland, to respond to our enemies quickly and decisively, and when necessary, to fight, to overpower, and to always, always, always win," Trump promised.
"There is no single place I'd rather begin my trip than right here with all of you, the incredible men and women of the United States military and your amazing partners, the Japanese self-defense forces," he said to American armed forces. "To everyone here today who serves your country in uniform, thank you, thank you, thank you. We salute you."
"Each of you embodies the warrior creed. Your devotion, prowess, and expertise make you the most fierce and fighting force in the history of our world," he added.
Trump also called Japan a "crucial ally" and told reporters he will meet Russian Federation leader Vladimir Putin in Vietnam during his 12-day Asian trip.
"Japan is a treasured partner and crucial ally of the United States and today we thank them for welcoming us and for decades of wonderful friendship between our two nations," Trump said.