While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to try and tone rhetoric coming out of the White House down a few notches yesterday, it now appears that President Trump has just turned things back up to nuclear (pun intended).
After the President’s remarks earlier this weak, where he stated that if North Korea does not stop their threats to the United States, they will experience ‘fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never see before,’ Rex Tillerson seemed to be a calming figure as he hinted that no attack will be directed towards North Korea unless they were to attack the US first. Then earlier today, White House aide Sebastian Gorka decided to derail Tillerson’s efforts by claiming that it’s not Tillerson’s place to speak in this situation.
If that wasn’t bad enough, just moments ago the President told the press, when asked about his ‘fire and fury comment’ earlier in the week, that “maybe the statement wasn’t tough enough.” The President then went on to tell North Korea to “get their act together” or it will be in trouble “like few nations have ever been”.
“The people of this country should be very comfortable, and I will tell you this: If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack, of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,” Trump said. “I’ll tell you why, and they should be very nervous. Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”
This type of rhetoric appears to be just what North Korea is looking for as they continue to push the United States towards a possible confrontation. A nation like North Korea will use any such rhetoric to strengthen its position among its populace. Such threats instantly turn into propaganda, strengthening the regimes power to rule, while also scaring the world to death.
While initial thoughts were that the President may tone things down, especially now that General Kelly is his new Chief of Staff, today’s remarks by both the President and Mr. Gorka seem to suggest the complete opposite. What do you think about the President’s latest remarks? Let us know in the comments section below.