Does The US Have A Strategic Plan Against North Korea's Threats?

President Trump walks with a military aid carrying the “football” with the codes to launch nuclear weapons.    
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The man behind the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" may not see eye-to-eye with Mr. Trump on environmental issues, but he told Newsweek for an interview published Friday that diplomatic crises over North Korea's nuclear weapons program is another story.

Some national security experts said Trump is confronting more challenging circumstances than his predecessors given the advances made by the North in developing its nuclear weapon and missile programs.

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Andrew Fletcher, senior vice president commodity derivatives at KeyBank National Association said the president's comments add an "undertone" to the market but that if oil traders were "really anxious about confrontation we would be much higher than this".

Instead, Gorka said he was criticizing journalists "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". To do that, we need to get the cooperation of China. "In the President's words they are behind us '1,000 percent.' As the head of the Government of Guam, I appreciate their reassurances that my family, my friends, everyone on this island, are all safe". The second reason there's no good military option is because North Korea has in addition to nuclear weapons, chemical weapons as well. For more detail on what he said, we're joined by Geoff Bennett. They could lob chemical weapons into South Korea where 150,000 Americans live as well as multiple U.S. bases and over 2 million South Koreans in Seoul alone.

The re-entry piece, the targeting piece - there are still unknowns as far as North Korea's ability.

An officer carries a large black briefcase and walks toward an airplane
A military aide carries the “football” briefcase with President Trump in January. Drew Angerer Getty Images

In an out-of-the-blue threat Tuesday, he said the nation would respond with "fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before" if North Korea persists in threatening the United States.

The report said President Trump's "fire and fury" comments were a "load of nonsense", saying only "absolute force can work on him".

Not everyone in the administration was following Trump's lead. You'll see. To talk about the USA options in North Korea, we're joined now by Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin of NY.

President Donald Trump returned to the attack on North Korea on Thursday, telling reporters at his country club in New Jersey that perhaps his previous threat to rain "fire and fury" on the renegade state maybe "wasn't tough enough". That's another problem with the administration: you don't really know what their strategy is.

Here are some of the top quotes from the President's back-and-forth with reporters.

TL: If they're not executed, yes. At some point either Trump is going to have to reverse himself and damage credibility, or he's going to feel compelled to execute on those threats, which could cost the lives of a lot of people.

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