Tillerson tries to tone shit down after Trump's irresponsible nuclear threats

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

In a pair of tweets sent out the day after he threatened North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, the president claimed that the US arsenal is "far stronger and more powerful" than ever before. And the modernization effort that started under former President Barack Obama hasn't been altered by the Trump administration. "It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", Trump tweeted.

Trump went on to say, "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world".

It certainly seems like a stretch, if not an outright lie, to conclude that in just 7 months the Pentagon was able to "modernize and renovate" the American nuclear arsenal to the extent that it is now "far stronger and more powerful than ever before".

President Donald Trump is prone to exaggeration (at times he has even been accused of saying things that are downright false), and that includes, apparently, when he is talking about nuclear weapons. "Let's never forget that", Bolton said in the tweet that Trump retweeted. I just wonder when President Trump will try and claim that he too doesn't need to use a toilet or that his hair is the envy of every man, woman and child on the planet. One said "Trump vows USA "power" will meet North Korean threat".

European Council widens sanctions against North Korea
Canadian Senator Yonah Martin, who advocated for Lim's release, said Lim was hospitalised during his imprisonment. Three US citizens remain in custody as relations with Washington have grown increasingly tense.

Trump's morning statement came amid bipartisan concern over Trump's scaled-up rhetoric about North Korea, which came to a head Tuesday afternoon.

And in an interview with BBC radio on Thursday, audio of which was obtained by The Washington Post, Gorka dinged Tillerson when asked about the Secretary of State's attempts to calm things down. Three U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the United States had not moved additional assets into the region after North Korea's threats against Guam.

He insisted that nothing has changed over the past 24 hours that would make a military response to the dispute more likely adding that "the American people should sleep well at night".

A senior administration official who deals with the Korea issue said the "fire and fury" comment, which was Trump's strongest warning yet for North Korea and which he delivered to reporters in New Jersey, was "unplanned and spontaneous".

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