Following President Donald Trump’s warning to North Korea on Tuesday that the U.S. would unleash “fire and fury” upon the rogue nation if its threats of nuclear warfare continue, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle slammed the president’s comments as incendiary and inappropriate.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said during an opioid crisis briefing in Bedminster, New Jersey. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. [North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] has been very threatening beyond a normal state and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
“Trump’s response was aggressive and that’s why the market turned lower,” Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor at O’Neil Securities, said in a statement Tuesday.
Trump’s anger towards North Korea and its leader came as the Washington Post first reported that the Defense Intelligence Agency’s July 28 report noted that North Korea had produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery.
The president’s announcement was met with a largely critical response.
During an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR News 92.3 Tuesday afternoon, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, spoke out against Trump’s statements. “I take the exception to the president’s comments.” he said. “You got to be sure that you can do what you say you’re going to do.”
“It’s not terrible what he said but it’s kind of classic Trump in that he overstates things,” McCain added. “In other words, the old walk softly but carry a big stick, Teddy Roosevelt’s saying, which I think is something, should’ve applied because all it’s going to do is bring us closer to a serious confrontation. The great leaders that I’ve seen, they don’t threaten until they’re ready to act.”
When questioned what he would do about North Korea, McCain said his first step would be to “talk to the Chinese.”
Despite recent missile tests, McCain said “I think the rotund ruler in Pyongyang is crazy, but he’s not ready to go to the brink.” When asked to rank the threat of North Korea on a scale of one to ten, McCain placed the threat at a “six” or possibly a “seven.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein,…