Trump’s Bombast On North Korea Breeds Chaos Among His Advisors

Tillerson And Mattis At Odds On How To Handle President's Irresponsible Rhetoric

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The New York Times: “Senior American officials sent mixed signals on North Korea on Wednesday as President Trump’s “fire and fury” warning rattled allies and adversaries alike, a sign of his administration’s deep divisions as the outcast state once again threatened to wage nuclear war on the United States.”

“The president’s advisers calibrated his dire warning with statements that, if not directly contradictory, emphasized different points. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson stressed diplomacy and reassured Americans that they could ‘sleep well at night,’ while Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said North Korea risked ‘the end of its regime and the destruction of its people’ if it did not ‘stand down.'”

“Neither Mr. Tillerson nor Mr. Mattis had reviewed in advance Mr. Trump’s threat on Tuesday, when he said North Korea ‘will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.’ And the dissonance in their own follow-up statements reflected the struggle inside the Trump administration.”