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Trump returns to the attack on North Korea with fresh threats

12 August 2017

Some experts argue the current strategy for shooting down ICBM-range missiles, like those North Korea is trying to ideal, is overly expensive and inadequate. President Trump keeps heating it up.

Fazio's caption indicated he'd golfed with the president Wednesday at Trump's Bedminster, N.J., course.

"We're getting close. We're getting very close". Striking a defiant tone on Thursday evening, he told reporters: "Maybe it wasn't tough enough". After Trump's "fire and fury" comment, Pyongyang announced it was examining plans for attacking the tiny Pacific island of Guam. He's a member of the House Foreign Intelligence Committee. So we have very little intelligence and data about this closed regime. "Nobody, including North Korea, will be threatening us with anything", he added.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: President Trump has basically drawn a red line saying that he'll never allow North Korea to have an ICBM missile that can hit America with a nuclear weapon on top. "They act as if #NorthKorea would act different if he used nicer words", Rubio tweeted. 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.

The former senator asked New Hampshire's representatives to support a bill, tabled by Democrats in the House of Representatives, that would make it easier to remove a sitting United States president if they are deemed to be mentally unfit for office.

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TRUMP: Well, I'll tell you what.

Trump also mentioned that he will push for more funding to go towards anti-missile defense due to the threat of North Korea and other countries.

CARDIN: Well, clearly, there has been some progress made with the United Nations vote on additional sanctions. It was a pretty big deal because it was a unanimous vote that included Russian Federation and China.

But in the North Korea debate, like a similar one over Afghanistan, Bannon has been arguing against what his side considers the excessively militant approach of the "war party" of McMaster. "But the transgender, the military's working on it now ..."

- Trump declined to say whether he would rule out a preemptive military strike against North Korea, saying: "We don't talk about that".

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Andrew Fletcher, senior vice president commodity derivatives at KeyBank National Association said the president's comments add an "undertone" to the market but that if oil traders were "really anxious about confrontation we would be much higher than this".

Despite Trump's blustery warning of "fire and fury," which he amplified further in comments to reporters Thursday, warships are not known to be moving toward the Korean peninsula, a tactic deliberately publicized during previous tense times to signal us resolve.

"I don't think there is a single policy at work", said Ellen L. Frost, of the East-West Center, a Honolulu-based research organization. At some point either Trump is going to have to reverse himself and damage credibility, or he's going to feel compelled to execute on those threats, which could cost the lives of a lot of people. "I got a lot of votes", he said.

The decision will not only take action against alleged Chinese violations of U.S. companies' intellectual property rights, but also could be perceived as an attempt by the USA government to crank up the pressure on China to leverage its influence in tempering North Korea's increasingly aggressive posture.

The current standoff and the Cuban one more than a half century ago, however, differ in almost all important respects but one - both featured new presidents being tested by a high-stakes confrontation involving nuclear weapons. Thanks so much for your time this morning.

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CARDIN: It's good to be with you.

Trump returns to the attack on North Korea with fresh threats