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President Donald Trump poses Thursday with military leaders and their spouses before making his cryptic remarks. Photo: YouTube

While posing for a photo-op with senior military leaders and their spouses on Thursday night, President Donald Trump made an ominous prediction that the gathering could be the “calm before the storm.”


“You guys know what this represents?” Trump asked reporters and his contingent of military couples as they stood for the cameras. “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm. Could be the calm, the calm before the storm.”


“What storm, Mr. President?” one reporter shouted.


“You’ll find out,” Trump responded.

What exactly Trump meant by his cryptic message is anyone’s guess.


Twitter took a stab at some of the possibilities:

The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request to clarify Trump’s remarks.

Earlier that day President Trump met with top defense officials to discuss the threat from North Korea and preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

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“In North Korea, our goal is denuclearization,” he said. “We cannot allow this dictatorship to threaten our nation or our allies with unimaginable loss of life. We will do what we must do to prevent that from happening. And it will be done, if necessary, believe me.”

Trump hinted at what might be “necessary” during his inaugural address before the United Nations General Assembly last month, in which he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in defense of the U.S. or its allies.

Tensions are also high between the U.S. and North Korea. On Thursday Trump also said he intends to drop out of the Iran nuclear deal because he said Iran has not lived up to its side of the bargain.

Trump told his military leaders to bring him “military options” to deal with these issues.

“Moving forward, I also expect you to provide me with a broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace. I know that government bureaucracy is slow, but I am depending on you to overcome the obstacles of bureaucracy,” he said on Thursday during their cabinet room meeting.

Reuters contributed to this report.