Alaskans reply to Trump's UN speech
Alaskans wasted no time in forming their own opinions when it came to President Donald Trump's fiery speech Tuesday morning. Most of his words were directed to countries that are looking to harm the United States and its allies.
"Rocket Man is on a suicidal mission for himself, and his regime. The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully, this will not be necessary," said Trump sending a strong and forceful message as he stood in front of over 100 world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.
His message squarely aimed at the reclusive regimes made by the Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un -- not underestimating the nation's military power.
"The United States has great strengths and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," he said.
Thousands of miles away, in Alaska, some say, this was the best speech the president has given so far.
Anchorage resident Michelle Jones said: "He will do what he needs to do to help keep his people safe here in this country. So, if that means going to war, if that means protecting the allies that we have, he'll do that."
Some even agreed with the President referring to the North Korean leader as Rocket Man, who has been test firing rockets on almost a weekly basis.
"It kind of fits," said Anchorage resident David Bradley. "The guy is out of control. We do need to reign him in."
Others don't agree with the President and say they prefer diplomacy over war. David Becker is one of them.
"I think antagonizing someone who, you know, we don't know what kind of instability he is experiencing is just reckless, and he's toying with the lives of countless American people," said Becker.
On Monday, Sen. Dan Sullivan voted for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017. Sullivan says this bipartisan bill will help give the military an additional $680 million for up to 28 additional ground base interceptors.
"We believe that at least 14 of those, in terms of new silos, will go to Fort Greely. There's opportunities for more," Sullivan said.
Marilyn Meyers is one Alaskan who would rather see rather see less, than more.
"I don't think blowing them to smithereens is the answer," said Meyers.
Although they all represented each of our three major political parties, all but one, expressed fear of their safety over this ongoing situation with North Korea.