Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Dangerous Rhetoric on North Korea

Washington, D.C. –  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump threatened the North Korean regime with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” during a photo opportunity at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey:

“Since President Trump took office, North Korea has accelerated its nuclear program to unprecedented levels.  The President’s most recent comments are recklessly belligerent and demonstrate a grave lack of appreciation for the severity of the North Korean nuclear situation.  His saber-rattling and provocative, impulsive rhetoric erode our credibility and weaken our ability to reach a peaceful resolution to this crisis, and must immediately end.

“We must be strong and smart, not reckless and rash, to protect our country and the region from this threat.  The American people deserve real leadership from their government, as Congress showed when we passed strong sanctions against the North Korean regime last month.  The United States must respond to the North Korean nuclear threat by working with other nations including Russia and China to enforce the new United Nations sanctions and must join with our allies to advance a diplomatic solution.

“It is long past time for the White House to get serious about the North Korean threat and produce a clear-headed, consistent and calculated strategy: rhetoric about ‘fire and fury’ demonstrates weakness, not strength of purpose.”

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