Conyers, Dems warn against attack on N. Korea

Sebastian Gorka publicly shuns Tillerson's effort to scale back North Korea red line

Sebastian Gorka publicly shuns Tillerson's effort to scale back North Korea red line

Gorka then used an anecdote involving a Holocaust survivor to suggest North Korea's threats against the United States was somehow similar to that posed against Jews by the Nazis in the Second World War.

Tillerson also said Americans "should sleep well at night" when asked by reporters if people should be anxious about the looming nuclear threat from North Korea - striking a starkly different tone from Trump's earlier comments.

Trump told reporters Wednesday that "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", following a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests for its nuclear arsenal, or they would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen". "Today he said woe betide anyone who militarily challenges the United States, and that is his portfolio, that is his mandate", Gorka said. But Gorka's comments provide yet more conflicting information from the White House about precisely where that red line lies.

Tillerson's call for talks with North Korea is "strongly" supported by the 62 lawmakers and should be followed by an effort to minimize the preconditions, they said.

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

Asked by the BBC whether people should listen to Tillerson or to Trump, Gorka said "you should listen to the president".

According to Gorka, Tillerson had no right to say such a thing and instead refused to rule out full-blown war.

CLAMAN: Well there's audio of you saying the word "nonsensical".

"I said for reporters to force our chief diplomat, the unbelievable Rex Tillerson, to give details of military options is nonsensical". Having members of your staff undercut your own secretary of state doesn't seem like a great way to do business.

"I was admonishing the journalists of the fake news industrial complex who are forcing our chief diplomat into a position where they are demanding he makes the military case for action when that is not the mandate of the secretary of State".

"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", the letter said.

Gorka said: "If you threaten a nation, a stiffly worded letter to be sent by courier?"

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