Responding to a North Korea's threat to fire four missiles in the waters off the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, home to U.S. military bases, Trump vowed a tough response.
North Korea answering the president's rhetoric vowing to quote: "Mercilessly wipe out provocateurs" - and threatening to fire four missiles into the ocean near the U.S. territory of Guam.
The golf outing came amid rising tensions with North Korea.
Located right next to Guam is the Northern Mariana Islands.
"President Trump's inflammatory rhetoric undermines our global credibility and is unlikely to de-escalate the situation", he said in a statement Wednesday.
CHANG: So what do you think of Senator Graham's view that President Trump's words are strategic and could actually help contain the North Korean threat? He is risky. As a citizen, a former US Senator and 12-year member of the (Senate) Armed Services Committee, I urge you to act at once. So we have very little intelligence and data about this closed regime.More news: Elderly man stuck in elevator for almost a month found dead
The Cuba crisis involved two nuclear-armed powers deliberately taking steps that threatened war, steadily escalating until both found a formula that allowed them to back down. And he also wouldn't rule out a preemptive strike on North Korea. "We should also make clear that, if the USA and South Korea carry out military attacks to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political landscape on the Korean Peninsula, China will be determined to take actions to prevent them from doing so".
But hitting the links while the country you lead is driving toward potential nuclear war, is not exactly the best image to project to millions of Americans.
On Wednesday, the North Korean defense ministry dismissed Trump's comments as "a load of nonsense", coming from a "guy bereft of reason".
TL: If he does it without congressional authorization and it's not in self-defense, yes I think that would provide grounds for impeachment.
President Trump on Friday continued his war of words with North Korea, saying it's "pretty obvious" what he meant when he tweeted earlier in the day that the U.S military is "locked and loaded" to handle North Korea.
CARDIN: Well, clearly, there has been some progress made with the United Nations vote on additional sanctions. US dependents have not been ordered out, nor have USA nuclear weapons been sent back in to South Korea. North Korea doesn't need another nuclear power for that. The officials also reminded Trump that around 1.8 million people of Korean descent live in the USA, many of them voters. "I got a lot of votes", he said. At some point either Trump is going to have to reverse himself and damage credibility, or he's going to feel compelled to execute on those threats, which could cost the lives of a lot of people.
ZELDIN: Thank you. Good morning.