Trump aide says Tillerson's role is diplomatic, not military

Jerome Frank
August 13, 2017

"President Trump said that North Korea's threats against the United States, if they continue, will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen before".

President Donald Trump says the United States' nuclear arsenal is "far stronger and more powerful than ever before".

Trump went on to say, "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world".

On Twitter Wednesday, Trump said he had pushed to "renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal".

That was the year the president, who at the time was just a businessman of course, appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and talked about what he'd do if he was commander-in-chief.

Trump's morning statement came amid bipartisan concern over Trump's scaled-up rhetoric about North Korea, which came to a head Tuesday afternoon. This morning, following yesterday's criticism of his "fire and fury" comments, President Trump continued his risky rhetoric towards North Korea.

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Rubio's defense of the President's comments is at odds with the opinions of some of his colleagues in the Senate - including Republicans - who criticized Trump for the harsh rhetoric.

She added: "Trump's tweet gives the misleading impression that he has already ordered concrete changes to the USA nuclear arsenal. I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the US has unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies, and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part".

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.

Trump and North Korea have been exchanging escalating threats, with the North saying it was examining plans for attacking Guam.

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to Trump, interpreted the president's latest tweet as a warning to Pyongyang.

He insisted that nothing has changed over the past 24 hours that would make a military response to the dispute more likely adding that "the American people should sleep well at night".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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