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Mattis: We’re Never Out of Diplomatic Options on North Korea

The Defense Secretary seemed to contradict the president’s earlier tweet.

At a meeting with South Korea’s defense minister, Secretary of Defense James Mattis seemed to walk back President Trump’s early-morning tweet regarding North Korea on Wednesday.

A reporter asked Mattis if the United States was “out of diplomatic solutions for North Korea.”

Mattis shifted uncomfortably before responding, “No.”

The journalist pressed the defense secretary on the issue.

“We’re never out of diplomatic solutions,” Mattis said, before lauding the working relationship between the United States and South Korea.