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By Ryan Pickrell

The Trump administration continues to press China to resolve the North Korea problem, according to a Friday tweet.

“China is very much the economic lifeline to North Korea,” President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning, “While nothing is easy, if they want to solve the North Korean problem, they will.”

The president praised China for its efforts to rein in North Korea during a press conference Thursday. “We don’t know whether or not they’re able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very very hard.”

He said that the administration hopes China will “get rid of this menace or do something about this menace of North Korea” and is prepared to reward Beijing with better trade deals if the Chinese follow through.

Trump has learned that the situation on the Korean peninsula is more complicated than he initially suspected, but he continues to put China at the heart of his North Korea policy.

Since the president took office, North Korea has launched at least eight confirmed missiles, including two new models that advance Pyongyang’s ability to threaten its neighbors and U.S. forces in the region.

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Kody Fairfield

Kody Fairfield, 26, hails from Orange County, California. He attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse pursuing his degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Kody found his passion in politics early, connecting first to our third President, Thomas Jefferson, but expanding into activism with his introduction to the Paul (Ron and Rand) family. In 2016, Kody was a delegate for the Libertarian National Convention, and helped to support Austin Petersen in his bid for the nomination. As a staunch believer in free markets, individual rights, and limited government, Kody began writing for Liberty Viral and The Libertarian Republic in 2016. In January of 2017, Kody was named the Editor-in-Chief of TLR and currently holds the Ambassador At-Large Chair for the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Ca. He believes that with the right messaging, the ideas of liberty will continue to grow. When Kody isn't politicking, he is busy managing a CrossFit gym, or spending time with family, friends and his dog.