Trump: Military Plans ‘Locked and Loaded Should N. Korea Act Unwisely’

President Donald Trump speaks during a "Made in America," product showcase featuring items created in each of the U.S. 50 states, at the White House, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump speaks during a "Made in America," product showcase featuring items created in each of the U.S. 50 states, at the White House, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

After telling reporters Thursday afternoon that his “fire and fury” comment maybe “wasn’t tough enough,” the President took his rhetoric one step further.

On Friday morning President Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. military has solutions “fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.”

The tweet follows a week-long back-and-forth of statements between North Korea and the U.S. after the United Nations passed sanctions against the country last weekend for its repeated missile tests.

Earlier this week, it was reported that North Korea had developed a nuclear warhead that could fit inside a ballistic missile.

Trump’s language escalated at this point. Speaking to reporters Tuesday he said North Korea would be met with “fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before” if it didn’t stop with the threats.

North Korea responded by making threats against Guam, a U.S. territory.

During a visit to Guam Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dialed back the President’s rhetoric, saying Americans can “sleep well” at night.

Later Thursday Trump told reporters that maybe his “fire and fury” comment “wasn’t tough enough.”

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. I hope that the leader who isn’t 100% crazy doesn’t escalate to a war.
    Which one is that? Are we really dependent on Kim to be the big guy here?

  2. Presume the next comment from Kim will be “You have tiny hands”

    Does anyone else miss having adults in charge?

  3. During a visit to Guam Thursday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dialed back the President’s rhetoric, saying Americans can “sleep well” at night.

    “fire and fury” “locked and loaded”

    sigh

    Since neither of these ideas synch up with each other, Tillerson might as well just leave whenever he wants because he does about as much good as tits on a boar.

    (Oh, and he should take Kelly with him while he’s at it.)

  4. Except we aren’t.

    1. Trump says we are "Locked and Loaded"? We haven't even made basic preparations for war fighting that will happen if our B1s & SSBNs fire. https://t.co/rs2o4yeyET

    — Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) August 11, 2017

    Read the whole tweet thread.

  5. Why can’t Trump’s famous bone spurs flare up again and force him to quit?

Continue the discussion at forums.talkingpointsmemo.com

124 more replies

Participants

Avatar for brooklyndweller Avatar for old_curmudgeon Avatar for imkmu3 Avatar for trnc Avatar for steviedee111 Avatar for chelsea530 Avatar for sickneffintired Avatar for daveyjones64 Avatar for ralph_vonholst Avatar for rmwarnick Avatar for gr Avatar for tao Avatar for khaaannn Avatar for tsp Avatar for pmaroneyb Avatar for bankerpup Avatar for lizzymom Avatar for castor_troy Avatar for khyber900 Avatar for grack Avatar for socalista Avatar for edys Avatar for justruss Avatar for edgewise

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: