Cole: 'Fire and Fury' Remark Not 'Increasing Tensions at All'

Courtesy of Sen. Risch

Courtesy of Sen. Risch

"The State Department spokeswoman said Wednesday the Trump administration is "singing from the same hymn book" in its reaction to North Korea's continued threats to unleash a nuclear attack on the USA mainland".

North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month highlighted the growing threat.

It is important to note that this language was a good deal more precise than Trump's statement, which had seemed to suggest that USA forces might launch a preëmptive nuclear strike on North Korea in response to mere verbal threats.

But, he added, "we do not need hot tempered remarks from our Commander in Chief".

On Twitter Wednesday, Trump said he had pushed to "renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal". But, despite Mattis's intervention, the over-all impression that this day conveyed to the world was, by now, a familiar one: this is an Administration that sends mixed messages and spends much of its time trying to clean up messes made by the President.

"He is president of the United States and there is no more place to kick the can".

"The most powerful actors in this, other than the United States, are China and Russian Federation". But, in this instance, according to these reports, Trump was freelancing on what many experts believe to be the most thorny and risky issue he faces: North Korea's nukes.

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"Frankly, I think he meant to be crystal clear to the North Koreans and I think that was probably a good thing".

Trump retweeted news coverage about his heated rhetoric Wednesday.

Mr Mattis said any action by North Korea would be grossly overmatched by the USA, and that Pyongyang would lose any arms race or conflict it started.

He explained that this was because Trump's controversial decision to withdraw the U.S from a landmark worldwide agreement to tackle climate change resulted in the rest of the world and individual US states and cities redoubling their commitments to fight global warming. "He's not going to contain the threat, he's going to stop the threat", Mr Graham told CBS.

In Graham's opinion, "the time for talking is running out".

That announcement followed Trump's statement Tuesday that if North Korea issues more threats to the United States, "they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

Trump has previously pointed out that he watches the Fox & Friends morning TV show, and its content often appears to influence his daily agenda and public comments, just as the show in turn tends to turn a warm glow on the president's actions and policies. Wilson continued to hammer away at the use of the term "fire and fury", pointing out that it sent a signal the U.S. would use overwhelming force, while Ferguson kept responding that Wilson seemed to be claiming that Trump's statement was nukes or bust.

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The president's retweets about his rhetoric Tuesday come as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was urging calm.

The heated exchange between the countries comes as media reports in the U.S. claim a breakthrough by North Korea means it can now make a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles.

"This pressure campaign with North Korea is something we are all in agreement on", she said.

Tillerson says that "Americans should sleep well at night".

The lawmakers noted that they wrote to Trump in late May raising similar concerns but had not received a response. The report was dated July 28 and was read to the Post.

He downplayed speculation that the threats move the USA closer to a military option.

Tillerson spoke to reporters as he flew from Malaysia to Washington, stopping in Guam to refuel.

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