Amid increasing tensions with North Korea, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to highlight comparisons between his leadership and that of former president Barack Obama, including an unscientific, almost week-old poll asserting he is the better president.
When host Tim Russert pushed back against the idea of military action against North Korea, Trump insisted that it was better to consider striking early rather than wait for North Korea to get stronger. "It is the job of [Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis, the secretary of defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally ..."
Mattis said in a statement that the United States and its allies would win any arms race or conflict with North Korea.
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Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Trump's threat to North Korea "is reckless and shows a serious lack of judgment". "Our policy across the administration is the same", she said. I just wonder when President Trump will try and claim that he too doesn't need to use a toilet or that his hair is the envy of every man, woman and child on the planet. They did not detail whom specifically Trump and Kelly spoke with.
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.
Trump's statement was followed by remarks from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said Americans should "have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days", adding, "Americans should sleep well at night". The Defense Department and Energy Department spent billions of dollars on refurbishing the arsenal and bringing aging nuclear weapons up to modern capabilities as well as guidance systems and related technologies.
Asked again if Tillerson should be listened to, Nauert said, "I think that everyone has clearly heard what Secretary Tillerson's forceful comments have been and have continued to be on DPRK". He's the fourth in line to the presidency.
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