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Trump Teases, Threatens And Dodges With ‘We’ll See What Happens’

President Donald J. Trump speaks during a Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club assembly on Oct 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

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President Donald J. Trump speaks during a Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club assembly on Oct 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

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Less than a week before arch strategist Steve Bannon was axed from a White House President Trump pronounced “We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.”

The day before announcing he wouldn’t re-certify a Iran arch understanding Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News “We will see what happens, flattering soon.”

Trump’s visit use of phrases like “big league” and “believe me” have gotten copiousness of attention. But functionally those are filler words, though most definition in practice. “We’ll see what happens” is different. It can be a potential threat, an acknowledgment that a boss doesn’t know what will happen, a provoke or simply a approach of floating off a question.

“When Donald says ‘we’ll see’ what he’s unequivocally perplexing to do is get we off change and during a same time equivocate responding a question,” pronounced David Cay Johnston, inquisitive publisher and author of The Making of Donald Trump.

Johnston, who has lonesome Trump for roughly 30 years, pronounced a boss is formulating doubt with this phrase.

“Which competence be since he doesn’t have an answer. It competence be since he’s not certain he understands a doubt or a horde of other reasons,” Johnston said. “But it puts him in a position of energy and it destabilizes your meditative — either it’s we directly as a publisher he’s articulate to, or a broader assembly or a conduct of state in another nation.”

It can be tough to tell what accurately a boss is telegraphing any given time he uses a phrase.

Here are some of a some-more than 100 times this year that Trump has said, “We’ll see what happens” or “We will see what happens”:

With courtesy to other countries

In early October, Trump, while posing for a print with troops leaders done a anxiety to “the ease before a storm.” This spurred days of questions about what he meant and either he was referring to North Korea. Trump’s response boiled down to “we’ll see what happens.”

“We’re going to see what happens with North Korea. That’s all we can say. We’re going to see what happens. We’re totally prepared for countless things. We are going to see what happens with North Korea.”

Back in April, he pronounced most a same thing when asked in an speak on Fox News either he had ruled out a military strike opposite North Korea.

“I don’t wish to telegram what I’m doing, or what I’m thinking. I’m not like other administrations, where they contend we’re going to do this in 4 weeks and that. … It doesn’t work that way. We’ll see what happens. we wish things work out well. we wish there’s going to be peace, though we know. They’ve been articulate with this lady for a prolonged time.”

In a corner press discussion with a French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump was asked either he would he recur his preference to repel from a Paris Climate Agreement.

“Something could occur with honour to a Paris Accord. We’ll see what happens. But we will speak about that over a entrance duration of time. And if it happens, that’ll be wonderful. And if it doesn’t, that’ll be OK too. But we’ll see what happens. But we did plead many things today, including a cease-fire in Syria. We discussed a Ukraine. We discussed a lot of opposite topics. We quickly strike on a Paris Accord, and we’ll see what happens, OK?”

While assembly with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Oval Office on Oct. 11, Trump was asked about ongoing negotiations over a North American Free Trade Agreement.

“We’re negotiating a NAFTA deal. It’s time, after all of these years, and we’ll see what happens. It’s probable we won’t be means to make a deal, and it’s probable that we will.”

In an speak with Sean Hannity, Trump was asked about how he was going to hoop a Iran arch deal, a preference that had already been done and was announced dual days later.

“Worst understanding I’ve ever seen. We will see what happens flattering soon.”

At a corner press discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump was asked about his debate oath to move a U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“As distant as a embassy relocating to Jerusalem, I’d adore to see that happen. We’re looking during it very, really strongly. We’re looking during it with good caring — good care, trust me. And we’ll see what happens.”

Trump now says he wants to give Middle East assent a shot before relocating a embassy.

On family with Congress

Trump frequently invokes “we’ll see what happens” in propinquity to his bid to dissolution and reinstate a Affordable Care Act.

“We’ll see what happens. we mean, we know, it’s going along. And during some indicate there will be a dissolution on my desk, though we’ll see either or not that indicate is now or will it be shortly thereafter.”

On a prospects for enshrining a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, into law, he churned doubt with optimism.

“So we’re operative on a plan, we’ll see how it works out. But we’re going to get large limit certainty as partial of that, and we consider something can happened, we’ll see what happens, though something will happen.”

Shortly before House Republicans pulled a designed Mar 23 opinion on an Obamacare repeal, Trump speculated about a chances for passage.

“Today, a House is voting to dissolution and reinstate a disaster famous as Obamacare. We’ll see what happens, going to be a really tighten vote.”

Similarly, shortly before a budget vote a night of Oct. 19 in a Senate, Trump speculated about how a opinion competence spin out. It passed.

“I consider we have a votes, and, frankly, we consider we have a votes for a taxation cuts that will follow sincerely shortly thereafter. So we’ll see what happens.”

On staffing matters

There’s one other business in that Trump frequently turns to this phrase: when articulate about people who are about to get fired.

Trump seemed on Fox Business Channel in Apr and was asked either he should have dismissed former FBI Director James Comey when he initial took office.

“You know we have certainty in him. We’ll see what happens.”

That was about a month before Comey got a ax.

At a press discussion in Trump Tower a few days before Steve Bannon was fired, Trump was asked about his arch strategist’s fate.

“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon though he’s a good chairman and we consider a press treats him honestly really unfairly.”

That Friday he was out.

On a south grass of a White House as he walked toward Marine One, Trump was asked about a practice prospects of embattled former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

“We’ll see what happens. We’ll see what happens.”

Within about an hour of Trump observant “we’ll see what happens,” Price was out. Which is to say, infrequently “we’ll see what happens” is formula for: Pack your things.