On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump warned North Korea’s leaders that threats against the United States would be met with “fire and fury.” Unsurprisingly, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke out against the president’s remarks.
On Monday, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un vowed to take “righteous actions” against the United States of America, threatening revenge for the new and tougher sanctions against his country. Kim views the sanctions as “crimes” that violate North Korea’s sovereignty.
U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea is quickly advancing to become a fully-fledged nuclear power, according to reports on Tuesday. Responding to questions about the report from his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald J. Trump addressed North Korea’s threats by saying, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.” He continued, “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
According to Senator John McCain, President Trump’s statement is not likely to help the situation. Asked by a local Arizona reporter if he’s surprised that North Korea may have a nuclear weapon that could be mounted on a ballistic missile, Sen. McCain said he’s not surprised by the news, but he finds the announcement worrisome.
“I’m usually one who puts a lot of blame on President Trump,” McCain said. But he quickly admitted that the president can’t be blamed for the current state of relations between the United States and North Korea.
“Look, there’ve been three previous presidents that have negotiated with North Korea and every time they said ‘ok, we’ve got it settled, we’re all friends now,’ and obviously we were not,” said Senator McCain, who is currently battling brain cancer.
However Sen. McCain said he takes exception to the president’s comments because he’s not sure if Trump is willing to back his statement up with military action.
Sen. McCain said he thought President Trump should “‘walk softy and carry a big stick.” McCain was referring to the old saying used by Teddy Roosevelt.
Sen. McCain said he believes Kim isn’t crazy, but he is ready to go to the brink. “I think this is very, very, very serious,” McCain warned.
When asked whether President Donald Trump was threatening to “nuke” North Korea in his remarks, McCain said, “I’ve long ago given up trying to interpret what he says.”
“All I can say is I don’t believe that other presidents that I’ve admired would have said the same thing,” Sen. McCain declared. “That kind of rhetoric, I’m not sure how it helps.”
According to Sen. McCain, appealing to China is the real key to stopping North Korea from carrying out a nuclear attack on the Unites States, or any nation for that matter. McCain says China should step in and threaten North Korea with economic sanctions.
“They can shut down the North Korean economy in a week,” he said.
However, if China is unwilling to do what it takes to stop Kim from being a nuclear threat, unfortunately, the long time Senator offered no alternative plan.
Still, McCain wisely recognized one very important thing about Trump: “He’s the president and I’m not.”
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