Tillerson says Trump wanted to make clear to North Korea that the US has the "unquestionable ability to defend itself" and will protect itself and its allies.
But he noted that if North Korea acted against the US first, Trump would not need Congress' go-ahead to hit back. Tillerson responded, "Nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last twenty-four hours". But, in this instance, according to these reports, Trump was freelancing on what many experts believe to be the most thorny and unsafe issue he faces: North Korea's nukes. He called Trump's rhetoric a "load of nonsense" that was aggravating a grave situation.
But Tillerson said that does not mean the U.S.is moving closer to a military strike. Soon after that, Politico's Josh Dawsey added, also on Twitter, " "Fire and fury" from yesterday was not carefully vetted language from Trump, per several ppl with knowledge.
It is generally believed that foreign adversaries deliberately try to test a new US president early in the first term.
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It is important to note that this language was a good deal more precise than Trump's statement, which had seemed to suggest that US forces might launch a preëmptive nuclear strike on North Korea in response to mere verbal threats.
Some Mainers are concerned about threats leading to a nuclear attack, while others are defending the President's actions and feel that North Korea's threats are empty ones. Markets weren't rattled by the back-and-forth threats. And Tillerson even made a pre-scheduled refueling stop in Guam, the target of the North's purported military designs.
"I think the global community is looking to the United States for leadership to avoid a military confrontation with North Korea that could well involve nuclear weapons", he added.
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer called the President's comments "reckless", while the House of Representatives' top Democratic deemed the rhetoric "belligerent".
"And I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act", Mr McCain said.
"President Trump has basically drawn a red line".