Trump threats are toothless - but endanger us all

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

He lists seven strategies "that won't work" - Trump has leaned most heavily on these two: "A US preemptive strike" and "Treating North Korea as a problem for China to solve".

The developments with North Korea have occurred while Congress has largely deserted Washington for its month-long August recess, leaving the President's comments to stand for themselves without much chance for congressional leaders to weigh in or potentially moderate his rhetoric. Trump said, "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", before warning, "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

Trump's remarks have prompted a reaction in China, where the state-controlled Global Times newspaper said in an editorial Friday that if North Korea launched missiles at the U.S., it should "stay neutral", sending a warning to Pyongyang that Beijing would not support the regime if it made a first move. "Behind this air attack will follow sea and land forces in such numbers and power as which they have not yet seen".

One of President Trump's most famous critics came to his defense this week after a vow of "fire and fury" for North Korea: former Vice President Al Gore.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefly said the US was not seeking to change the North Korean regime last week, although he was nearly immediately contradicted by Trump. "He has genuine concern about the direction of events in North Korea".

Diplomacy in the Trump era is increasingly under question. Perhaps, but senior administration officials recognize that an armed conflict on the peninsula would be, in the words of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, "tragic on an unbelievable scale".

Humphrey said a Commission on Presidential Capacity could potentially remove Trump under Article 25 of the Constitution, which states the vice president should assume the role of president if he and a congressional majority believe the president is unable to discharge his duties. "Sanctions and diplomacy and all those kind of things".

"I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed, Mr. President, but I do say not more than 10 or 20 million dead, depending on the breaks".

SEN. BEN CARDIN: No, I don't think we accept North Korea having a nuclear weapon capacity that violates global protocols. Listen, they threaten us in a way you never will. "The legislative branch of the United States government is hearing about these developments on Twitter at the same time as Kim Jong Un", said Ben Marter, a spokesman for the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL. We're sorry we made fun of you.

If you carry out a launch that seems meant to provoke, we will strike back in a more measured way.

Other long-time observers of global affairs think such assessments may be overstated. Watch as it goes over. Issue fearsome threats from his golf resort. And what's important for him to understand is that there would be severe consequences if he was to launch a nuclear warhead at the United States. Pyongyang this week threatened to fire missiles near the USA territory of Guam during an exchange of bellicose rhetoric with Trump. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that the US was not demanding regime change and was willing to talk with Pyongyang - if the North agrees to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons.

The DIA and Pentagon did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's requests for comment on the Post report.

"Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un both seem like reasonable men", he concluded, jokingly.

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