Rep. Mike Coffman, Colorado Republican, on Friday said the United States’ use of the “mother of all bombs” to attack an Islamic State terrorist group site in Afghanistan this week sends a message to U.S. adversaries around the world.
“There’s no question that the use of this MOAB … on this particular target would also send a message to, certainly, North Korea, China, Russia and Iran, of the narrative that this president is going to be decisive in terms of protecting America’s national security interest[s],” Mr. Coffman said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Mr. Coffman said he hopes President Trump is moving in the direction of putting pressure on China.
“China [is] North Korea’s only true ally, true trading partner, and I do think by putting pressure ultimately on … China is the only way we can resolve [the] situation with North Korea,” he said.
Reversing course from a campaign pledge, Mr. Trump said this week he would not label China a currency manipulator and has spoken about his “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping as he looks for possible help in dealing with the North Korea situation.
Mr. Coffman, a veteran who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, was one of only about two dozen Republican U.S. House members to be elected in 2016 in districts carried by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and figures to be a top target for Democrats in 2018.