After President Donald Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea, Senators Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) both criticized the president’s comments as unhelpful to the ultimate goal.
“Isolating the North Koreans has not halted their pursuit of nuclear weapons.” Feinstein stated on Tuesday. “And President Trump is not helping the situation with his bombastic comments. There is no question that North Korea is seeking to add a nuclear warhead to an ICBM capable of reaching the United States.”
“What this tells me is that our policy of isolating North Korea has not worked,” she concluded. “The United States must quickly engage North Korea in a high-level dialogue without any preconditions. Hopefully, Secretary Tillerson is already discussing the possibility of reopening talks with our Asian partners during his current trip.”
“In my view, diplomacy is the only sound path forward,” Feinstein ended.
In an interview with KTAR radio, McCain gave his take on Trump’s remarks.
“I take exception to the President’s comments because you gotta be able to do what you say you’re gonna do,” McCain argued. “I don’t think that’s a way you attack an issue and a challenge like this.”
“I don’t know what he’s saying and I’ve long ago given up trying to interpret what he says. It’s not terrible but it’s kind of the classic Trump in that he overstates things,” he added.
McCain suggested that Trump’s language may pose a greater risk for South Korea. “They have 1,000 rockets aimed at Seoul that could set that city on fire,” he explained.
First reported by The Blaze.