Following President Trump’s statement on Tuesday against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his regime, North Korea is continuing its wringing threats of nuclear strikes against the U.S.
On Wednesday, state-run media warned that North Korea would “turn the U.S. mainland into the theater of a nuclear war” if there were any indications of a possible American attack, according to a report from The Hill.
“He has been very threatening, beyond a normal state. And, as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before,” Trump said from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Tuesday afternoon, referring to the communist dictatorship.
Many critics have condemned Trump’s comments, including Sen. John McCain. According to McCain, 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, 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.
Mainstream media elites have also been attempting to quiver their audience with fear, following the trading of verbal statements between the two countries’ leaders, even going as far as suggesting a new, imminent Cold War era is coming.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, who is usually rather supportive of Trump, said the president’s comments about how he would deal with North Korea were “over the top.”
However, some have shown support toward Trump’s rhetoric. During an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, “President Trump has basically drawn a red line, saying that he’ll never allow North Korea to have an [intercontinental ballistic missile] that can hit America with a nuclear weapon on top.”
Graham, who doesn’t often have nice things to say about Trump, appeared to hold a high level of confidence in the president’s ability to keep North Korea at bay. When speaking about how Trump will handle the threat posed by North Korea, Graham said, “He’s not going to let that happen. He’s not going to contain the threat, he’s going to stop the threat.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said he doesn’t believe there is “any imminent threat” from North Korea, and urged Americans to remain calm.
“What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un can understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language,” Tillerson said. “I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S.’ unquestionable ability to defend itself … will defend itself and its allies.”
Trump tweeted Wednesday about his successful boosting of the U.S.’ nuclear arsenal since he was elected into office. In addition, a recently resurfaced 1999 interview video of then-Trump Organization CEO Donald Trump proves he has the right mindset to handle the threat of North Korea.
And if North Korea is attempting to bolster an image of defiance, it is clearly lacking since it just released a highly-coveted Canadian prisoner early Wednesday morning, following Trump’s declaration.
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