Donald Trump turned heads with his speech at the U.N. General Assembly.

He put North Korea on notice when he labeled Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” and declared North Korea would be destroyed if they threatened the United States or its allies.

But no one was prepared for the surprise Trump unleashed.

Two days after his big speech, Trump met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump previewed a big announcement.

In a shocking turn of events, Trump announced an executive order allowing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to target North Korea and foreign companies that do business with him.

Rounding out the surprise, Trump also announced that Chinese President Xi Jinping informed him that he ordered Chinese central banks to cease doing business with North Korea.

The Washington Post reported:

“Trump said the United States had been working on the North Korea problem for 25 years, but he asserted that previous administrations had “done nothing, which is why we are in the problem we are in today.”

He added that the order will give Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin the “discretion to target any foreign bank knowingly facilitating specific transactions tied to trade with North Korea.” Trump’s announcement came as he has sought to rally international support for confronting dictator Kim Jong Un’s regime during four days of meetings here at the United Nations General Assembly. In a speech to the world body on Tuesday, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the North if necessary and referred derisively to Kim as “rocket man.”

Trump said the new Treasury powers aim to cut off North Korean international trade and financing that support its weapons programs.

“For much too long, North Korea has been allowed to abuse the international financial system to provide funding,” he said.”

China coming on board can be seen as both a diplomatic achievement for Trump and Beijing sending a signal to North Korea that they are heading into dangerous territory and it is time for them to come to the negotiating table.

The Chinese President told the world his country’s patience and support for North Korea is at an end and if there is a conflict, they are on their own.

Trump has maneuvered this situation deftly and more expertly than anyone could have predicted.

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