Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, en route to Guam Wednesday morning said the president "was sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language". "You're going to get us all killed!"
Alaska's junior senator is advising the Trump administration to tone down their rhetoric after North Korea announced it will complete its plan to attack waters near Guam by mid-August.
H played the clip of Trump saying, "they will be met with fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before". Ben Cardin, the Foreign affairs committee's top Democrat, compared Trump's comments to those issued by North Korea itself. They're a US territory. Meanwhile, North Korea's whole shtick is being dismissive of everything the United States does, so it makes sense that Trump's go-to reaction is to lash out with loud and blusterous threats of violence.More news: U.S. senator McCain proposes new 'strategy for success' in Afghanistan
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson authorized the ban following the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. citizen and student who was detained North Korea for 17 months before being released and evacuated home to Ohio. "But not before they can reach the city of Seoul that can reach 26 million people", McCain said.
Congress and the American public will hold President Trump responsible if a careless or ill-advised miscalculation results in conflict that endangers our servicemembers and regional allies.
Mattis also stressed that while the State Department is seeking a diplomatic resolution, the USA and its allies are prepared to defeat any armed threat.