Rubio defends Trump's promise of 'fire and fury'

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

This morning, and let me just back up here for our viewers who might not know, I believe this morning you gave an interview to BBC Radio during which you said that "it was nonsensical for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss military matters" and that he was "out of line".

"We respectfully but firmly urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that President Trump and other administration officials understand the importance of speaking and acting with the utmost caution and restraint on this delicate issue", the letter said.

Rubio, a member of the foreign relations committee, said the United States has limited options.

Soderberg criticizes the president's lack of diplomacy and she personally wishes that the worldwide community increase pressure on North Korea rather than use outright force.

Instead, Tillerson put the Korean stand-off center stage following U.S. concerns after Pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests last month showed it had the capacity to hit the United States mainland.

"I was admonishing the journalist or the fake news complex that are forcing our chief diplomat into a position where they're demanding he makes the military case for action when that is not the mandate of the secretary of state", Gorka added.

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Yet even then, Trump insisted that what North Korea does "can't be allowed", and the most reassurance he had to offer about the possibility of precipitously starting a huge war sometime soon was "we'll see what happens".

Traveling in Asia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a day earlier sought to tamp down tensions, suggesting to reporters that despite the rhetoric, "Americans should sleep well at night" and that "I do not believe that there is any imminent threat".

Against this backdrop, Tillerson's Korea-focused trip did little to ease concerns of Washington's ASEAN allies that the area is not one of Trump's major priorities.

He argued that United States policy towards the rogue nation will not stay the course of previous administrations.

"He's a cabinet secretary", Nauert said. Pyongyang says it will be ready to send its missile launch plan to Kim for approval just before or as the drills begin. My last visit to North Korea was in May 2011 when I led a delegation of Elders (former presidents of Ireland and Finland and former prime minister of Norway) to assure the delivery of donated food directly to needy people.

The State Department spokeswoman said she wouldn't comment directly on Gorka's remarks, but noted that Tillerson and Mattis have a close working relationship. During a briefing, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert bristled at the idea that the nation's top diplomat wasn't equipped to talk about miltary affairs. "He carries a big stick".

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