Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) backed away from an earlier claim that President Trump was acting more irresponsibly than North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during escalating rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.
Ellison immediately retracted those remarks in an interview with a Washington Post reporter after leaving the panel.
Discussing the escalating war of words between the US and North Korea over the latter's rogue nuclear program, Ellison raised eyebrows by saying the North Korea's despotic leader was acting better than the USA president. "It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse".
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Kim Jong Un thinks "the nuclear weapons will prevent USA from getting involved", Sun said. "Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy is".
Ellison warned Trump's rhetoric could spur Kim to take action first and called for someone to bring "calm to the situation, not spiking it". Democrats appear to be playing a risky game of using the threat of nuclear war as a way to tear down Trump.
Though Ellison tried to walk back initially comparing the President of the United States to the unhinged dictator of North Korea, his underlying thoughts seem alarming. The regime's recent military tests reveal that the entire continental USA with the exception of Florida may be in range of North Korean missiles.
The missiles are created to carry nuclear weapons but it is not clear if the North has warheads small enough to fit on them, or the technology to bring them back to earth in one piece.