Gorka: Tillerson Comments Taken Out of Context

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

"The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical", said Gorka, a counterterrorism specialist, during an interview with BBC radio early Thursday. Hours earlier, North Korea's army had said in a statement it was exploring plans for attacking the tiny USA territory, which houses US military bases and is a common refueling stop for USA government aircraft traversing the Pacific Ocean. Tillerson said Trump was trying to send a strong and clear message to North Korea's leader so that there wouldn't be "any miscalculation".

"Should Tillerson be listened to?" a reporter asked.

The House members outlined recent history of conflicts with North Korea and the diplomatic action the previous three presidential administrations had taken over military action. "It is the job of Secretary Mattis, the secretary of defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally". That is his mandate.

As I wrote Wednesday morning, we may be witnessing a little "Good Cop, Bad Cop" here, with the administration providing different signals to keep North Korea guessing.

"If a journalist doesn't know the different between the secretary of State and the Department of Defense, they should hand in their credentials", he said. "Our policy across the administration is the same", she said.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert responded to Gorka's comments during a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, telling reporters that Tillerson's statements should, in fact, be heeded.

Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army
Gorka: Tillerson Comments Taken Out of Context

Speaking in New Jersey at his golf course, Trump declined to rule out a preemptive strike on North Korea, saying he wouldn't discuss potential military options.

"Americans should sleep well at night", Tillerson said. "We'll see what happens". It was an absurdly overdramatic statement that would've been laughable if Trump weren't a maniac threatening to kill a whole bunch of people, but Trump now thinks that he should've been even more absurdly overdramatic.

Tillerson, in remarks to reporters Wednesday, intimated that a pre-emptive strike was not in cards, but that a response to an attack from Pyongyang would be forceful.

After Trump's warning to North Korea, the nation's dictator Kim Jong-un threatened through state media that Trump is "failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation" and "sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him".

The letter by the Detroit Democrat was signed by 60 members of the U.S. House, including Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, urging direct negotiations between North Korea and the United States.

The Democrats noted that the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton each considered military action against North Korea but ruled it out because it would have run the risk of a counter-response from Pyongyang that could threaten South Korea and the more than 30,000 USA service members and 100,000 US citizens living there. "Secretary Tillerson has not spoken about USA military capabilities", she said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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