Rep. Jones reacts to President Trump's threats to North Korea

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

He's not an easily "excited" man, according to information warfare expert Molly McKew.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday implicitly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's fiery comments on North Korea and called for the crisis over Pyongyang's missile program to be resolved through diplomacy.

Sixty-four Democratic members of the House of representatives - including John Conyers, the only member of Congress to have fought in the Korean War - sent a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on August 10 expressing "profound concern over the statements made by President Trump that dramatically increased tensions with North Korea and raised the specter of nuclear war". "This is not a reward for bad behavior but rather to have an in residence diplomatic presence, a way of gaining greater insight and understanding in what's going on in North Korea and perhaps most importantly, conveying information to North Korea".

"I was really struck when I visited there in November 2014, you know, but the level of paranoia and the siege mentality that prevails in North Korea was overwhelming", Clapper explained. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" "Implicitly, the president is kind of drawing a red line here... which to me, is not very responsible", Clapper said.

"There's too much of the Twitter world that I think can create some unnecessary problems", the congressman says.

"I hope people learn from history here and don't repeat that", the CNN contributor added.

Clapper said that he anxious about Trump's "bellicose and threatening rhetoric". "I think he likes intelligence on a selective basis".

He said that trump would "improve" once he got rid of the two "principle Nazis, " John Brennan and himself.

Clapper made derisive reference to Trump's January tweet comparing the intelligence community to "Nazi Germany", suggesting the president should trust the intelligence team that he has installed since being inaugurated.

"Since the early 1990s we've used the NY channel as a way of communicating with Pyongyang because we don't have diplomatic relations with North Koreans", said Joel Wit, a former State Department employee and the founder of 38 North, a website for expert analysis on North Korea.

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