President Donald Trump is escalating his war of words with North Korea over the country’s nuclear program, telling reporters at his golf club in New Jersey, that perhaps his “fire and fury” speech on Tuesday against the rogue nation wasn’t angry enough, The Hill reports.
North Korea Steps Up Threats
Talking to reporters, Trump said he wondered if he’d gone far enough with his message.
“Maybe it wasn’t tough enough.”
Past administrations hadn’t gone far enough in taking on North Korea, and it’s time a president “stuck up for the country,” he told CNN.
Preceding Trump’s most recent remarks, North Korean said in a statement that:
“The U.S. would suffer a shameful defeat and final doom…” if it “persists in extreme military adventure, sanctions and pressure.”
Trump also aired some concerns that sanctions might not be effective against the Eastern Asian country.
Trump made the comments just before entering a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, newly installed White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
On Tuesday Trump said “North Korea best not” continue threatening the U.S., saying ominously:
“They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen…he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Saying that he doesn’t want to discuss military options, Trump declined to say whether he’d consider a preemptive strike on North Korea, telling reporters:
“We don’t talk about that. We never do. I don’t talk about it. We’ll see what happens.”
That statement alone is just as alarming as anything the North Korean officials said. “We’ll see what happens?” What the hell does that mean? Trump continually has Twitter meltdowns and he’s awfully close to that red button. I understand the need for secrecy in some military operations, but that statement doesn’t fill me with confidence.
He also said North Korea shouldn’t be allowed to keep threatening the U.S.
“What they’ve been doing and what they’ve been getting away with is a tragedy and it can’t be allowed.”
But he also added that the U.S. will always consider negotiations with the country, and sought to add a little reassurance before issuing another stark warning to North Korea.
“The people of this country should be very comfortable, and I will tell you this: If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous.”
Referring to Kim Jong Un, Trump noted Wednesday that the North Korean leader “has disrespected out country greatly.”
“He has said things that are horrific. And with me he’s not getting away with it. He’s got away with it for a long time, between him and his family. He’s not getting away with it. This is a whole new ball game.”
“He’s not going to go around threatening Guam and he’s not going to threaten the United States and he’s not going to threaten Japan and he’s not going to threaten South Korea. That’s not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact.”
Then a reporter asked on Thursday about the volley of messages from the Trump administration, and the president remarked “there were no mixed messages.”
“Look, here’s the view. I said it yesterday. I don’t have to say it again. And I’ll tell you this, it may be tougher than I said it, not less.”
In regards to the threat that North Korea may attack Guam by mid-August, Trump had this to say:
“Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before.”
“You’ll see. And he’ll see.”
That’s what scares me.
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