Democratic lawmakers urge Tillerson to stop Trump's NK threats

Democratic lawmakers urge Tillerson to stop Trump's NK threats

An adviser to President Donald Trump said it was "simply nonsensical" to think that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should discuss USA military decisions in relation on North Korea.

Earlier today in an interview with the BBC, White House deputy adviser Sebastian Gorka dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's reassurances to Americans over the rising tension between North Korea and the United States.

"Accordingly, we respectfully but firmly urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that President Trump and other administration officials understand the importance of speaking, and acting with the utmost caution and restraint on this delicate issue".

"It is the job of Secretary Mattis, the secretary of defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally".

Tillerson was talking to journalists aboard his plane en route to the United States territory of Guam, where North Korea had warned it was considering missile strikes.

But Gorka told BBC radio that even a threat from the North could be construed as an act of war that would justify a military response - echoing Trump's view. Nearly immediately, Tillerson, seeking to fix the damage, told Americans (but not South Koreans) that they should "sleep well at night" because he had no "concerns about this particular rhetoric", meaning, it seems, the president's particular rhetoric.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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