President Donald Trump doubled down on his tone against North Korea Thursday, even going so far as to say his “fire and fury” language wasn’t tough enough. In response, North Korea made plans to fire missile tests towards Guam and criticized the President.
President Trump has taken considerable criticism from political opponents and the media when he promised “fire and fury” upon North Korea if they followed through on their nuclear threats. On Thursday, he had the chance to walk that statement back. Instead, Trump said he should have been tougher on the North Korean regime.
“Maybe it wasn’t tough enough. They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries,” Trump said. “So if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”
At the Trump Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump warned Kim Jong-Un to stop his warmongering.
Trump said Kim Jong-Un should be ‘very, very nervous’ about U.S. retaliation. ‘Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?’ he said.
He warned Kim in remarks from his golf club’s doorstep not to even contemplate an attack on the U.S. or its allies or he will pay the ultimate price. Unlike previous American leaders, Trump said, he is not ‘weak and ineffective’ and will follow through on his threats.
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is leading the meeting at Trump’s Bedminster property that retired Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, and Vice President Mike Pence are also attending.
North Korea dismissed Trump’s threats as nonsense. From The Daily Mail.
Responding to Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ command, a top general to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un taunted the U.S. president this morning. General Kim Rak Gyom dismissed Trump’s remarks as a ‘load of nonsense’ and said that only ‘absolute force’ can work on someone as ‘bereft of reason’ as Trump.
The commander of North Korea’s strategic rocket forces told state media outlet KCNA that his unit was steaming ahead with plans to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam by mid-August.
Here is video of President Trump’s statement to the press at his golf club in New Jersey.
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