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Trump Receives Briefing On North Korea As Tensions Escalate

12 Agosto 2017

Thanks so much for your time this morning. The president is on a working vacation there and spoke to reporters this afternoon.

North Korea has taken a major step forward in realizing its goal of becoming a nuclear power, according to a Washington Post report on a confidential US intelligence assessment that concludes Pyongyang has developed a nuclear warhead capable of fitting.

Some of the golfers ignore the presidential drama: a man walks across a carpeted floor in golf shoes, while the commander-in-chief discusses North Korea. But you're saying your concern is that the Trump administration may misinterpret something North Korea says or does and wage a pre-emptive strike. It increases their chances for miscalculation. I have no idea what he's thinking. We need to get - it's going to be tested quickly over the course of literally weeks as to whether or not China's serious. "The threat of nuclear war is steeply on the rise".

KK: You've said "there are zero good military options against North Korea". We are not just a superpower. So that makes any military conflict difficult because a lot of it is flying blind. China needs to be much more aggressive because China could change the equations for North Korea. They could lob chemical weapons into South Korea where 150,000 Americans live as well as multiple US bases and over 2 million South Koreans in Seoul alone. North Korea responded with threats to launch missiles into the Pacific Ocean near Guam, a U.S. territory. Is there anything to be said for that tactic? And here's what he said. "I'll be the first to admit it". They put in an entire legislative branch to stop the President. If carried out, it would be its most provocative missile launch to date. That actually would be war. It's lovely - and was designed as a monument to him. It does not affect their current status quo of mutually assured destruction in any way. Mutually assured destruction does not rely on a first strike; it relies on the ability of the United States to annihilate anyone who strikes us.

"I'd like to de-nuke the world", said Trump, the same afternoon in which he claimed his prior threat to bring "fire and fury" upon North Korea "wasn't tough enough".

KK: You've said Congress will start the impeachment process if Trump fires special counsel Mueller. In fact, Bush called North Korea one of the axis of evil countries. Do you think the president's language helps or hurts right now? I do believe that.

(CNN) - President Donald Trump will speak by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday night about North Korea, he told reporters. "I've been hearing about it for seven years". We're reaching out to a number of Republicans to see if they would co-author. The Trump administration has definitely not exhausted the option of diplomacy. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, thank you for being with us. The president said it'll be an event like - an event the likes of which nobody's ever seen before. A few days ago they signaled that the US would be open to talks with North Korea-I thought that was a good sign-until Trump yesterday made his incendiary remarks. We know that they're having an impact. They range from Alaska and Arizona in the West to Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts in the East. They go back and forth; they send conflicting signals. This White House just seems to be making clear it can't be pushed around.

KK: Do you think Trump's threats degrade our credibility?

Trump Receives Briefing On North Korea As Tensions Escalate