Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper on Tuesday called for US officials to tone down their rhetoric on North Korea after President Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" should Pyongyang continue with its threats. Whether it's the White House, the State Department, the Department of Defence, we are speaking with one voice.
But one reporter took exception to that characterization.
Colbert weighed in on Trump's latest comments about North Korea at the start of tonight's episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert".
He said China has the real power to change the situation, since it controls the North Korean economy.
North Korea has repeatedly tested intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent months, with some analysts saying they could reach parts of the U.S.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, en route to Guam Wednesday morning said the president "was sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language". On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump's regime reacted to reports that North Korea had produced a compact nuclear warhead by warning the country that it would face consequences if it threatened the US.
"The Department of State strongly warns USA citizens not to travel to North Korea/the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)", the release stated.
Experts and lawmakers, including Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. and Sen.
"The President's "fire and fury" ad lib was not helpful", Reed said in a statement.
"The new piece to this puzzle is not a North Korea".
Asked whether the comments Trump made at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., were "alarming", Nauert shot back.
"It is a big deal what is going on", she added. Though he does admit the current situation is not all Donald Trump's fault.
"The DPRK regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates".