Gorka On Applying Pressure On China: ‘We Have The President’s Twitter Feed’

Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump, at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York City on May 7, 2017. (Photo by Michael Brochstein) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***(Sipa... Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump, at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York City on May 7, 2017. (Photo by Michael Brochstein) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***(Sipa via AP Images) MORE LESS

White House adviser Sebastian Gorka said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed could apply sufficient pressure on the Chinese government to force them to intervene in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

“What card left do you have to get China to act?” Fox News’ Bill Hemmer asked Gorka, after referencing an op-ed in a state-owned Chinese newspaper that downplayed the influence China has over North Korea.

Trump has raged at China for not doing more in the face of increased North Korean missile testing.

“We have the President’s Twitter feed,” Gorka responded. “We have the most powerful man in the world making it very clear that we came out of the Mar-a-Lago summit with very high hopes.”

Gorka — a controversial member of the Trump administration, given his affiliations with right-wing nationalist groups tied to anti-Semitism and the targeting of Roma people, among other things — said China’s use of North Korea as a “buffer state” was not be worth the instability that the missile tests brought the region.

Hemmer returned to Gorka’s earlier comment: “With all due respect, can a Twitter feed change the mind of those leading China?”

“If you can win a U.S. election with it, I think it’s pretty powerful, Bill, don’t you?” Gorka replied.

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