President Donald Trump received criticism from at home and from leaders around the world when he made an improvised statement on North Korea, saying he would unleash “fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Now – he’s upping the rhetoric.
According to the Associated Press, President Trump is now saying maybe the statement “wasn’t tough enough.” He repeated this statement more than once.
He then threatened North Korea to “get their act together” and reiterated his previous stance, which other U.S. officials tried to downplay earlier, by saying it would be trouble “like few nations have ever been” in.
Trump made the new statement while vacationing at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ as part of his extended 17-day stay there.
A reporter asked him: “What would be tougher than fire and fury?” Trump replied: Well, you’ll see, you’ll see.”
What would be tougher than “fire and fury” statement?
President Trump: “Well, you’ll see. You’ll see.” https://t.co/lp2UhFYfQW
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 10, 2017
During Trump’s press conference he told reporters that what “North Korea has been getting away” has to stop. “He’s been pushing the world around for a long time.”
Democratic Senator Ed Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee., just before Trump made the new statements, said the language coming out of the Trump administration was dangerous.
“First they have to stop the reckless, dangerous, scary language which they are using.”
“When Secretary Mattis says that if North Korea doesn’t stop ... it could lead to the destruction of its people, it could lead to regime change – that’s exactly what they’re most concerned about and will most likely lead to them continuing to test nuclear weapons and ICBM capacity.“
President Trump on “fire and fury” statement on North Korea: “Maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough” https://t.co/4kgE67OoRV
— Hardball (@hardball) August 10, 2017
Trump also used the press conference to continue his attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after calling him out on Twitter earlier in the day to “get back to work.”