Last month, Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller, told Marines in Norway that he sees a “big ass fight” looming, one that will likely reorient U.S. military focus away from the Middle East. This week, while President Trump to the same nation, he seemed surprised by the general’s statement.

“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller said at the time. “You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”

When prodded further regarding the future of U.S. defensive operations, Neller removed any ambiguity from his prediction.

“I think probably the focus, the intended focus is not on the Middle East,” he told Marines. “The focus is more on the Pacific and Russia.”