Trump tells Kim his 'fire and fury' warning to North Korea was NOT tough enough - then says he will spend BILLIONS on missile defense and making the U.S. nuclear arsenal even more lethal
- President Donald Trump say down with his national security advisers this afternoon to discuss the intensifying crisis with North Korea
- Rebuked critics this afternoon who argued that his 'fire and fury' threat to North Korea was over the top
- 'Maybe it wasn’t tough enough. They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries'
- Trump said Kim Jong-Un should be 'very, very nervous' about U.S. retaliation. 'Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?'
- POTUS was revealed to be golfing on Wednesday as the tense stand-off with North Korea escalated
- Defense Secretary James Mattis issued a statement referencing the potential 'end' to the DPRK regime
- He touted 'the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth' and said:
- North Korea said it is 'carefully examining' a plan to strike Guam and it will be put in place once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision
- Commander of North Korea's strategic rocket forces told state media outlet KCNA that his unit was steaming ahead with plans to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam by mid-August
- He dismissed Trump's 'fire and fury' warning as a 'load of nonsense' and said that only 'absolute force' can work on someone as 'bereft of reason' as Trump'
- Threat came after Trump said that additional taunting of the U.S. 'will be met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen'
President Donald Trump says his administration will announce plans as early as next week to spend billions more than it already is on missile defense - after saying his warning to North Korea of 'fire and fury' wasn't tough enough.
The United States' nuclear arsenal is in 'tip-top shape and getting better and getting stronger' since he signed an executive order demanding improvements, Trump said Thursday after a national security briefing, 'and we have it now in very, very good shape.'
'I would like to de-nuke the world,' Trump stated. 'And until such time this scourge disappears we will be so much better and so much stronger than anybody else.'
Trump had rebuked critics of his heated 'fire and fury' threat to North Korea in earlier remarks on the topic of nuclear armament during a question and answer session with reporters.
'Maybe it wasn’t tough enough. They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries,' Trump countered. 'So if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.'
Trump said Kim Jong-Un should be 'very, very nervous' about U.S. retaliation. 'Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?' he said.
He warned Kim in remarks from his golf club's doorstep not to even contemplate an attack on the U.S. or its allies or he will pay the ultimate price. Unlike previous American leaders, Trump said, he is not 'weak and ineffective' and will follow through on his threats.
President Donald Trump rebuked critics this afternoon who argued that his 'fire and fury' threat to North Korea was over the top
Trump said Kim should be 'very, very nervous' about U.S. retaliation. 'Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?' he said
He warned Kim in remarks from his golf club's doorstep not to even contemplate an attack on the U.S. or its allies or he will pay the ultimate price. Unlike previous American leaders, Trump said, he is not 'weak and ineffective' and will follow through on his threats
The president spoke to reporters ahead of a national security briefing this afternoon on the intensifying crisis with North Korea
In his later remarks Trump promised Kim that his country would endure an 'event the likes of which nobody has seen before' if he keeps challenging him. 'It's not a dare, it's a statement. Has nothing to do with dare, that's a statement,' he said, swatting down a journalist's suggestion that he was intentionally needling the tyrant.
'He has disrespected our country greatly. He has said things that are horrific. And with me he’s not getting away with it. He got away with it for a long time, between him and his family. He’s not getting away with it. This is a whole new ballgame. He’s not going to be saying those things and he’s certainly not going to be doing those things.
Trump said, 'I read about we’re in Guam by Aug. 15. Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody’s seen before, what will happen in North Korea.'
An attack on Japan or South Korea would be just as provocative, Trump said. 'We’re going to be increasing our budget by many billions of dollars because of North Korea and other reasons having to do with the anti-missile.'
The president spoke to reporters ahead of a national security briefing this afternoon on the intensifying crisis with North Korea and right after in what turned into a mini-press conference.
Trump's outburst at his doorstep in Bedminster came right as a leading expert on Northeast Asian affairs warned in conversation with DailyMail.com that North Korea could 'lash out' against the U.S. if it believes that a military assault is imminent.
'The wording itself I thought was over the top. It sounded like it had been penned by Pyongyang. I think it was a distraction and unhelpful,' The Heritage Foundation's Bruce Klingner said of Trump's previous address.
Heritage is a top-ranked think tank worldwide. It is the most influential conservative organization in the U.S. Its analysts are mostly aligned with Trump's administration.
Trump's reaction to Kim's taunting 'could confirm growing concerns by our allies that the US is contemplating a preventative attack,' Klingner said in the moments before networks started airing video of Trump's claim to reporters that his 'fire and fury' rhetoric was maybe not strong enough.
'We’re backed 100 percent by our military, we’re back by everybody and we’re backed by many other leaders,' Trump soon asserted. 'And I noticed that many senators and others came out today very much in favor of what I said. But if anything that statement may not be tough enough.'
Asked what exactly is tougher than 'fire and fury,' Trump coyly said, 'You’ll see. You’ll see.'
He would not say if he was inferring that a preemptive strike was under consideration. 'We don’t talk about that. I never do.'
'What they’ve been doing, what they’ve been getting away with, is a tragedy and it can’t be allowed,' he added.
Trump said he will 'always consider negotiations' with North Korea yet suggested that it's not his preferred option. 'I talk. Somebody has to do it,' he said.
Americans have indicated in survey after survey that they are uncomfortable with the rise in tensions between the U.S. and the 33-year-old tyrant with a stranglehold on the North Korean people and government.
A telling 79 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Republicans said the possibility of a military conflict worries them in a poll that conducted on behalf of CBS. A mere 35 percent of American voters told CBS' pollsters they have confidence in Trump's ability to handle the nuclear crisis.
The overall tally was skewed heavily by Democrats, only 10 percent of which said they had faith in Trump compared to 76 percent of Republicans, but it was also yanked down by independents.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pointedly struck a less frightening tone on Wednesday as he addressed the confrontation, leading to assessments that there may be a schism between the the president and his top diplomat.
'Americans should sleep well at night,' Tillerson said, offering up his belief that Kim does not pose an imminent danger.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after a security briefing with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster (L) and Vice President Mike Pence (R) at his golf estate in Bedminster
Trump denied this afternoon that he, Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, who had issued his own warning Wednesday amid the increasingly aggressive rhetoric, were sending 'mixed messages.'
He went on to echo his secretary of state as he said, 'The people of this country should be very comfortable.'
'But, then, getting more forceful Trump told reporters, 'I will tell you this. If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous.
'I’ll tell you why. And they should be very nervous. Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK? He’s been pushing the world around for a long time.'
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster led the meeting at Trump's Bedminster property that retired Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, and Vice President Mike Pence also attended.
The White House would not confirm that he'd been on the course but assured reporters that he was being regularly updated regularly on the sparring with North Korea and his chief of staff has been in constant contact with the National Security Council.
Responding to Trump's 'fire and fury' command, a top general to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un had taunted the U.S. president this morning. General Kim Rak Gyom dismissed Trump's remarks as a 'load of nonsense' and said that only 'absolute force' can work on someone as 'bereft of reason' as Trump.
The commander of North Korea's strategic rocket forces told state media outlet KCNA that his unit was steaming ahead with plans to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam by mid-August.
Trump said Thursday that he will 'always consider negotiations' with North Korea yet suggested that it's not his preferred option. 'I talk. Somebody has to do it,' he said.
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster (left) has come to Trump's Bedminster property to brief him in person, the president's press secretary said. Vice President Mike Pence (right) is also on site as is retired Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff.
Responding to Trump's 'fire and fury' command, a top general to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un taunted the U.S. president this morning. General Kim Rak Gyom dismissed Trump's remarks as a 'load of nonsense' and said that only 'absolute force' can work on someone as 'bereft of reason' as Trump
The magnitude of the nuclear crisis was underlined as one White House aide, Sebastian Gorka, compared it to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Trump appeared to be unfazed by the escalating threat on Wednesday as he was revealed to be on the course with a golfing companion. A New York businessman posted an Instagram picture saying their match had gone 'down to the 18th hole'.
Gorka scolded DailyMail.com during an encounter at the White House for daring to ask about the president's whereabouts after the picture posted.
Trump's reaction to North Korea's increasingly aggressive posture, which in the space of 24 hours saw the president and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson apparently at odds, has fueled fears on a military conflict around the globe, especially after it was revealed that Mattis was initially out of the loop.
Mattis weighed in with his own stern warning to North Korea on Wednesday afternoon - shortly before the Instagram image of Trump on the golf course emerged - invoking the 'end' of Kim's regime following President Trump's own admonition that Pyongyang's threats would bring 'fire and fury.'
President Donald Trump dashed claims that he is not on vacation but actually 'working hard' at his New Jersey property when he was seen today on the golf course Wednesday while the conflict with North Korea raged
Defense Secretary James Mattis referenced the 'end' of the North Korean regime in a Pentagon statement on Wednesday that went further than what Trump had said
Say Kim Jong-un does risk all out war by attacking Guam, in what some experts have branded a 'suicide' move, what force does the US have to beckon from its bases in the region?
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Michael Fazio, a friend of a Trump donor, posted a picture of the president standing next him on Instagram that he says was taken at Trump's New Jersey golf course today.
'Fantastic day golfing with #45 @realdonaldtrump at Trump Bedminister today,' he said. 'We had an exciting match which came down to the 18th hole.'
Fazio is a 42-year-old businessman from Bergen County, New Jersey, who runs a staffing agency for hospital and banks.
He suggested in his post that the Bedminster tee-off had been organized by Richard Levine, a friend of Trump who has donated to his foundation.
Fazio had previously boasted to Time Out that he is a blue-collar self-made man who wears only bespoke suits.
Reporters at Bedminster, where Trump is spending time away from the White House, have been refused information on when the president is golfing.
In his first comments since the crisis took a sharp escalation, Mattis, a former Marine general, said: 'The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,' referring to North Korea.
He continued: 'The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.'
Hours after President Trump brought up the readiness of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, Mattis did his own touting of the military might of the world's reigning superpower - despite it being confirmed that the Pentagon boss had not been aware of the words used by the president the previous day.
Mattis said the U.S. had at its disposal 'the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth.'
His reference to precision was a reminder of the U.S. military's ability unique ability to attempt to decapitate the regime with guided missile strikes aimed at individuals places where they gather should a military conflict ensue.
Mattis commented on the 'readiness' of U.S. nuclear forces – a more staid version of Trump's own statements about the awesome power the U.S. could bring to any confrontation.
'President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces. While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth,' Mattis said.
'The DPRK regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.'
Mattis was confirmed by the White House not to have been told in advance about what the president would say precisely - but officials insisted his National Security team were aware of the tone.
Trump himself fired another flare in Kim Jong-Un's direction on Wednesday morning, saying in tweets the United States' nuclear arsenal is 'stronger and more powerful than ever before' and he 'hopefully' won't need to use it.
'My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before,' Trump said. 'Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!'
The White House says Trump's tweet referred to an executive order he signed his first week in office. The January 27 memo said directed the secretary of state to 'initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review to ensure that the United States nuclear deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies.'
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'The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack.
'Kim Jong Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council's unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree the DPRK poses a threat to global security and stability.
'The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.
'President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces.
'While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth.
'The DPRK regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.'
President Donald Trump fired another flare in Kim Jong-Un's direction on Wednesday morning, saying in tweets the United States' nuclear arsenal is 'stronger and more powerful than ever before' and he 'hopefully' won't need to use it
Trump made the show of might on social media after Tillerson tried to dial down the conflict as he returned to Washington from Southeast Asia on a trip that included a pit stop in Guam.
Tillerson said Trump's 'fire and fury' charge to Kim shouldn't have Americans panicking because North Korea does not pose an 'imminent threat' to the United States.
Trump spoke harshly to Kim, a tyrant, 'because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language,' Tillerson contended.
'I think the president just wanted to be clear with the North Korean regime on the U.S. unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies, and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part,' he added.
Pyongyang's volatile dictator has warned that he was 'carefully examining' plans to make 'an enveloping fire' around Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a sprawling American military base.
American airmen in Guam have said they are ready to 'fight tonight,' if they have to. Officials on the island have said they've been reassured by the White House that 'America will be defended.'
The US has also released images of supersonic B-1B bombers flying over the Korean peninsula during a military exercise.
Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers from Guam's military base participated in a strategic bilaterial mission with South Korea and Japan hours before North Korea threatened to strike Guam. Pictured top left and right are the two B-1B Lancer bombers and bottom left and center are Japan Self-Defense Forces F-2 fighter jets near Kyushu, Japan during the mission
The 10-hour mission from Guam's Andersen Air Force Base (above) took place on Monday and was the first for the aircraft and crews recently deployed from South Dakota's Ellsworth Air Force Base to support U.S. Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence missions
North Korea says the training mission 'proves that the U.S. imperialists are nuclear war maniacs.'
Kim, who boasts that his intercontinental rockets can reach the west coast of America, has warned the US that it will 'pay dearly' for UN sanctions it successfully imposed over the weekend that were backed by China and Russia.
Gorka appeared on Fox & Friends later to warn Kim and his government that Trump would not be trifled with.
'He's saying don't test America and don't test Donald J Trump. We are not just the superpower. We were a superpower, we are now a hyper-power,' the deputy assistant to the president said. 'Nobody in the world, especially not North Korea comes close to challenging our military capabilities.
'Whether they are conventional, whether they are nuclear or whether they are Special Forces. So the message is very clear: don't test this White House, Pyongyang,' he stated.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that President Donald Trump's 'fire and fury' charge to Kim Jong-Un shouldn't have Americans panicking. Tillerson is on his way back to Washington from Asia. He made a pit stop in Guam
The crews practiced intercept and formation training, which gave them an opportunity to improve their combined capabilities and tactical skills. Above a B-1B Lancer bomber is pictured during the mission
The two bombers (above at take off) flew in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan, the East China Sea, and the Korean peninsula. The U.S. released photos of the mission late Tuesday seemingly in response to North Korea's threat to strike Guam
Guam, which is roughly 2,128 miles from North Korea, is home to both Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam housing thousands of American service members and their families.
Roughly 28 percent of the island is occupied by the U.S. military. The base houses bomber assurance and deterrence missions, including six B-52s which the air force says provide 'strategic global strike capability [to] deter potential adversaries and provide reassurance to allies' and that they are ready to go.
North Korea has said it could carry out a pre-emptive operation if the U.S. showed signs of provocation.
Pyongyang said this week that it was ready to give Washington a 'severe lesson' with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action.
Guam, which is known as the 'Tip of the Spear', is home to thousands of American service members and their families at both Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam
Trump cautioned Kim on Tuesday that additional threats of violence against the U.S. 'will be met with fire and the fury like the world has never seen' in a dramatic escalation of rhetoric that's put world leaders and U.S. politicians on the edge of their seats.
'He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with the fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,' Trump said in remarks at the top of an unrelated meeting on drug abuse yesterday.
He stopped just short of a firm promise to declare war on Kim's government if the dictatorship continues to talk about 'physical action' to the U.S.
Yet said to reporters, 'North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.'
Trump is spending time at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club while the White House undergoes critical updates. He'll relocate to New York early next week then come back to New Jersey for the maintenance's duration.
Trump sent this tweet on Tuesday morning. That was before North Korea threatened to bomb Guam, escalating tensions
He told the world Tuesday morning that it must be vigilant against North Korea in the face of new threats from the country's young dictator.
The sanctions put a hard stop to a third of North Korea's export revenue - a deafening blow to the country's economy.
Trump celebrated the universal participation of Security Council countries in the sanctions with a tweet Tuesday morning that said, 'After many years of failure,countries are coming together to finally address the dangers posed by North Korea. We must be tough & decisive!'
A Washington Post report later on Tuesday suggested that North Korea had invented a miniaturized warhead that it has the capability of attaching to the intercontinental ballistic missiles its been testing.
According to the report, US officials estimate that Kim now has 60 nuclear weapons in his possession.
By comparison, the US is estimated to have more than 6,800 in its stockpile, and Russia is thought to have 7,000.
The development brings the country dangerously close to its goal of creating of a nuclear weapon that can hit targets in the U.S.
Alaska, Hawaii, California and Guam would be at an especially high risk if Kim's scientists finish the weapons and North Korea decides to use them.
A Washington Post report earlier in the day on Tuesday suggested that North Korea had invented a miniaturized warhead that it has the capability of attaching to the intercontinental ballistic missiles its been testing.
On Monday, North Korea promised to 'teach the US a severe lesson' if it puts its military might to the test on the Korean Peninsula.
'We will, under no circumstances, put the nukes and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table,' North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said, effectively declining to engage in talks about the nuclear program.
State-run KCNA news agency meanwhile claimed that North Korea 'will make the US pay dearly for all the heinous crimes it commits against the state and people of this country.'
KCNA cautioned the U.S. against 'believing that its land is safe across the ocean' in what it described as a 'stern warning to the US.'
Naval Base Guam (file above) is located on the west side of the island. There is an estimated 6,300 active duty Navy members and 6,900 family members living on Guam as well as a significant population of retired military personnel
The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea to guard against the North Korean threat. Japan hosts around 54,000 U.S. military personnel, the U.S. Department of Defense says, and tens of thousands of Americans work in both countries.
Seoul is home to a population of roughly 10 million, within range of massed pre-targeted North Korean rockets and artillery, which would be impossible to destroy in a first U.S. strike.
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