The verbal "war of words" ping-pong between Trump and North Korea notched up another level on Thursday afternoon, when instead of de-escalating growing US threats (which are now backed by the US air force ready to conduct a preemptive strike on N.Korean missile and nuclear facilities at a moment's notice) Trump told reporters in Bedminster, NJ that "if anything" his statement on "fire and fury" "was not tough enough,” in response to questions on North Korea's regime calling the U.S. leader’s warning “nonsense.”
President Trump answering several questions from press says his comments on North Korea "maybe wasn't tough enough" https://t.co/EMO9OUfh6O— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) August 10, 2017
Trump said that if North Korea does anything to U.S. or its allies “they can be very, very nervous” and said that "It’s not acceptable" what North Korea has “been doing and what they’ve been getting away with.”
He also said that the American people should feel “comfortable,” regarding N. Korean threats and added that "the people of our country are safe, our allies are safe." The president also touched on the recent Mattis comments and said he "may have taken it a step beyond what I said."
"We're backed 100% by our military, we're backed by everybody, and we're backed by many other leaders" and "it's about time someone stood up for the people of our country."
Trump also took another shot at China, saying he thinks "China can and will do more on North Korea", although that appears unlikely after today's latest "provocation", in which a US ship sailed 12 miles away from one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.
Today's punchline, however, was Trump threat to North Korea that “things will happen to them like they never thought possible” and concluded that "people of North Korea should be careful, or they’re going to be in trouble like they’ve never been before."
CNNPolitics: Trump threatens North Korea with "things ... they never thought possible" if they even think about an… https://t.co/eBhLOeWHfE— Channel 1 Politics (@ch1election) August 10, 2017
And now we wait for Pyongyang's response.