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McCain Fires Back At Trump Over North Korea: Don't Know What He's Saying

Sen. John McCain has taken issue with Donald Trump's comments regarding the North Korea situation. He is advising President Trump to tone down his threats against North Korea.

According to Time, the Arizona Republican warned that the president’s latest threats toward North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un could inflame the already tense relationship between Washington, D.C., and Pyongyang. Trump took a break from a round of golf in New Jersey to react to a Washington Post story about North Korea having developed a warhead for intercontinental ballistic missiles. The president cautioned Kim that any further provocative actions “will be met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”

McCain responded by telling KTAR radio: “I take exception to the president’s comments because you gotta be able to do what you say you’re gonna do. 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.” The senator pointed that South Korea may have the most to lose if its northern neighbor goes to war against the United States. “(North Korea has) 1,000 rockets aimed at Seoul that could set that city on fire,” he said.

McCain called on Trump to once again reach out to Chinese leaders to enlist their help in controlling Kim. “The key to this is China,” he declared. McCain also suggested that the United States should beef up its anti-missile defenses.

CNN reported Wednesday that North Korea’s armed forces were “examining the operational plan” to hit the U.S. territory of Guam with its medium- to long-range missiles. The television network cited the official North Korean news agency, KCNA, as its source. The state news outlet issued a statement threatening to strike Andersen Air Force Base “to send a serious warning signal to the U.S.” The base is one of two such American military facilities on Guam. No other U.S. installation is located closer to North Korea.

Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo fired back Wednesday morning with a video speech. He told his nation’s citizens that despite North Korea’s rhetoric, the danger had not increased. “I want to reassure the people of Guam that currently there is no threat to our island or the Marianas,” Calvo said. “I also want to remind national media that Guam is American soil, and we have 200,000 Americans in Guam and the Marianas. We are not just a military installation.”

Reporter Robert Santos, speaking from Guam, told CNN: “(There are) some people (who) are confident we are safe with the U.S. bases here and others who are not so sure. Some people believe (Trump and Kim) are clashing personalities and they speak recklessly. But here are some people who believe … that we are completely safe regardless of what happens.” According to Santos, a strike on Guam “won’t just be against the U.S. military; it will be against the people.”

Source: Time
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