Pelosi: "Fire and Fury" Towards NOKO Demonstrates Weakness


In a statement, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said President Trump's threat of "fire and fury" towards North Korea demonstrates weakness, not strength of objective.

President Donald Trump was speaking in his own words when he vowed to retaliate against North Korean aggression with "fire and fury", but top advisers were aware of the tone he planned to strike, a White House spokeswoman said Wednesday, as the administration sought to provide clarity on its strategy on the Korean Peninsula. After Trump's "fire and fury" comment, Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the tiny Pacific island of Guam.

On Tuesday, Ingraham praised Miller for what she called "the Acosta takedown", adding that "we enjoyed it" in the Fox newsroom.

Mr Sullivan said if North Korea were to attack the USA first, Trump would have more authority to respond. "I was mentioning the discussions of a preemptive war on the peninsula, that clearly goes in the realm of the authorisation of Congress".

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"The president alone has the authority to launch nuclear weapons, the only restraint being the advice of senior advisers who might be present at the time of crisis, and Donald Trump has shown repeated contempt for informed and wise counsel", wrote Humphrey, a former member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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".

Also, Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, described Trump's comments as "an absurd red line", noting that the latest pledge to punish Pyongyang could weaken the U.S. credibility.

"Make no mistake: North Korea is a real threat, but the President's unhinged reaction suggests he might consider using American nuclear weapons in response to a nasty comment from a North Korean despot", Mr Engel said. "You see passage of the UN Security Council resolution with the votes of China and Russian Federation on North Korea - we are making the world a safer place".