Rep. Green calls President Trump's North Korean rhetoric 'reckless'

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

President Donald Trump issued an apocalyptic warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying it faces "fire and fury" over its missile program, hours after USA media reported Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead. The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical.

"As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power", he told reporters.

Trump said in New Jersey on Monday that North Korea "best not make any more threats to the United States".

Engel said Trump's "unhinged reaction" suggested that he might consider using nuclear weapons in response to threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The BBC didn't include in its broadcast the question Gorka was asked, so it was not clear exactly what he was responding to.

In his tweets, Rubio also defended Trump's immigration proposal but also urged the President to impose additional sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. That is his mandate.

At the State Department, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said she couldn't comment directly on Gorka's remarks because she had not heard them herself.

It is understandable that Tillerson wants to back away from the alarming rhetoric that the president used earlier this week, but this points to the key problem with the rhetoric and reminds us of the slapdash, dysfunctional way that this administration conducts its foreign policy.

Gorka's comments about Tillerson raised eyebrows in part because of the dissonant messaging on North Korea, which continued Thursday.

"We don't talk about that".

Trump's bellicose words "bothered some", Graham said during a Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

"What they've been doing and what they've been getting away with is a tragedy and it can't be allowed", Trump said.

"I think what the president was just reaffirming is that the United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack, and our allies, and we will do so", he said, trying to reassure those who felt a nuclear threat was imminent.

That message has not matched up with Gorka's comments this week: the cable news fixture has doubled down Trump's saber-rattling, even comparing the current standoff to the Cuban missile crisis on Fox & Friends.

Green spoke about the escalating tensions at a news conference.

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