Trump admin speaking in one voice on N Korea threat: State Dept

Carla Harmon
August 11, 2017

"We either do nothing, go to war or negotiate a stand down, and so far we've seen no sign that they're willing to negotiate". Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio sounded deep concern over the situation with North Korea and say all options should be on the table, including a USA military strike.

The members commended Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's statements calling for direct talks with the North but expressed "profound concern" over a comment made Tuesday by President Donald Trump that "dramatically" increased tensions with Pyongyang and alluded to the potential for nuclear war.

"Look North Korea, leave Guam out of this!" he exclaimed.

"That is empty rhetoric, the likes of which you always use", he said. "And you know what else we've seen?"

This is part of a worrisome pattern with how USA foreign policy is run now: administration officials aren't kept in the loop, the president doesn't consult with them ahead of time, and he throws rhetorical bombs that then force them to clean up the mess that he creates.

Critics have noted that past administrations also failed to stop the North Korean regime from improving its nuclear weapons arsenal.

In a letter sent to Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.) first reported by, Humphrey accuses Trump of making a bad situation worse with his recent promise that North Korea would face "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the U.S.

"North Korea poses a serious threat to the USA and all options should be on the table to protect the American people".

But when asked to describe his confidence in Trump's ability to handle the crisis, Nelson would only refer to Trump's chief of staff and top military aide. "They didn't vote for Trump, just like most Americans".

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