Panetta: Trump's 'calm before the storm' comment a 'play for attention'

President Donald Trump speaks before signing a National Manufacturing Day Proclamation in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Friday Oct. 6 2017

Panetta: Trump's 'calm before the storm' comment a 'play for attention'

"You guys know what this represents?"

On Thursday, when reporters asked the President what he meant after his initial comment, Trump replied: "It could be, the calm, the calm before the storm".

A second reporter asked Trump if the "storm" was in reference to action regarding Iran or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The president then bid everyone a good night, without clarifying his comments.

During the event honouring the Hispanic community for its contributions to the US, Trump said: "You teach our children".

The White House also did not respond to questions on Pakistan, in particular the meeting that visiting Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif had with the National Security Advisor H R McMaster.

"The fact that he thinks he is amusing when he does stupid and hateful garbage like this says volumes about who he truly is", one Twitter user wrote.

In previous remarks, Trump appeared to admonish Puerto Rico for "throwing our budget out of whack" and praised his own administration for doing a "great job" in response to the tragedy.

"We're going to continue doing that, and we're going to continue doing that as a team with the president leading that effort", she said on Friday. "At the same time, the president will keep all of his options on the table".

Whatever Stephen Paddock intended when he made a decision to go on a murderous rampage in Las Vegas on Sunday night, it probably wasn't to stop Donald Trump focusing on North Korea.

"He certainly doesn't want to lay out his game plan for our enemies", Sanders said. "I wouldn't say that he's messing with the press", Sanders said. "But I do think that we should call on all media to a higher standard".

But she added, "We have a lot of bad actors in the world, North Korea, Iran, several examples there".

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