Trump admin speaking in one voice on N Korea threat: State Dept

Trump admin speaking in one voice on N Korea threat: State Dept

Trump admin speaking in one voice on N Korea threat: State Dept

Rex Tillerson, chief executive officer of Exxon Mobile Corp., speaks at the 2012 CERAWEEK conference in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Friday, March 9, 2012. "The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical".

"The State Department spokeswoman said Wednesday the Trump administration is "singing from the same hymn book" in its reaction to North Korea's continued threats to unleash a nuclear attack on the U.S. mainland".

Gorka came back with another round of "fake news" complaints before offering up some compliments for Tillerson and the administration as a whole. During brief remarks to reporters on Tuesday, the president threatened nuclear strikes against the regime of Kim Jong-un if it issues threats against the United States, saying the military will retaliate with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

Trump administration officials haven't been on the same page about North Korea.

"You should listen to the president".

In his BBC interview, Gorka responded to questions about the contradictory messages coming from the president, State Department and Pentagon about how the USA would respond to a series of nuclear threats made by North Korea this week.

"I said for reporters to force our chief diplomat, the incredible Rex Tillerson, to give details of military options is nonsensical", Gorka said. His remarks created a stir and lead State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to tell reporters that Tillerson "carries a big stick".

Tillerson's comments seemed to calm things down, at least for the time being, but then White House Aide, Sebastian Gorka entered the picture.

"These statements are irresponsible and unsafe, and also senselessly provide a boon to domestic North Korean propaganda which has long sought to portray the United States as a threat to their people", the letter, spearheaded by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), said. Aside from military force, scenarios range from a new round of peace talks at the dovish end of the spectrum, to more hawkish actions like interdicting ships suspected of selling North Korea weapons overseas, one of the regime's key sources of income.

Asked again if Tillerson should be listened to, Nauert said, "I think that everyone has clearly heard what Secretary Tillerson's forceful comments have been and have continued to be on DPRK". "Our policy across the administration is the same", she said.

Gorka explained to Fox News he was referring to the media asking Tillerson about military matters, in this case the situation with North Korea. He's a Cabinet secretary.

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