Sebastian Gorka Dismisses Rex Tillerson's Reassurances on North Korea

  • Sebastian Gorka Dismisses Rex Tillerson's Reassurances on North Korea

Sebastian Gorka Dismisses Rex Tillerson's Reassurances on North Korea

While Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea not to threaten the US and spoke of meeting the North with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", Tillerson on Wednesday played down those comments.

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal", he wrote. "It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before" - is the latest act of brinkmanship between the USA and North Korea. He also said that he hopes the United States will never have to use its nuclear weapons.

Lewis said that Trump had ordered a Nuclear Posture Review - a paper study - which many other presidents also ordered, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

Gorka's statements come amid confusion about the administration's policy toward North Korea after a series of statements that have been dramatically different in tone and have sent starkly different messages.

That was the year the president, who at the time was just a businessman of course, appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and talked about what he'd do if he was commander-in-chief.

Following President Donald Trump's remarks that further threats from Pyongyang would be met with "fire and fury", Tillerson said Americans should not be concerned by the heated rhetoric coming from both sides. Ben Cardin, the Foreign affairs committee's top Democrat, compared Trump's comments to those issued by North Korea itself.

She added: "Trump's tweet gives the misleading impression that he has already ordered concrete changes to the United States nuclear arsenal". Trump tweeted this morning.

"Nothing has changed in the capability or power of the nuclear arsenal since President Trump took the Oval Office", he said. Another included a video clip of Trump vowing to respond to North Korean threats with "fire and fury".

North Korea hit back hours later, saying it is ready to carry out an attack near the United States island of Guam.

"I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days", he told reporters on a flight to Guam, where he was to refuel, according to a transcript released by his department.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea, including to the USA territory of Guam.

White House deputy adviser Sebastian Gorka dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's reassurances that "Americans should sleep well at night" in response to escalating tensions between the US and North Korea.