Senator John McCain, the man who characterized Russia’s attempts to influence the Russia election as “an act of war”, condemned President Trump’s remarks about meeting North Korea’s threat “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
McCain said Trump’s comments are not helpful. It would seem that McCain’s harsh criticisms are helpful to Kim Jong Un.
McCain insisted the tough rhetoric is unlikely to help as tensions rise between the United States and North Korea over the latter’s nuclear program.
“I don’t know what he’s saying and I’ve long ago given up trying to interpret what he says,” McCain said of Trump during an interview with a local Arizona radio station first reported by NBC.
“That kind of rhetoric, I’m not sure how it helps.”
McCain said the U.S. risks getting into a serious confrontation with North Korea, and invoked former President Teddy Roosevelt’s famous “big stick” policy.
“In other words, the old walk softly but carry a big stick, Teddy Roosevelt’s saying, which I think is something that should’ve applied because all it’s going to do is bring us closer to a serious confrontation,” McCain warned. “I think this is very, very, very serious.”
McCain was echoing the criticisms of the left. Barack Obama walked softly and carried no stick but he has said he prefers Barack Obama’s leadership.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explained what the senator doesn’t understand. Trump is trying to speak to Kim in a language he understands.
McCain also believes that the President shouldn’t threaten North Korea until he’s ready to act. Some might say that would be too late.
Let the insane ruler of the hermit kingdom know now that he faces utter annihilation. Kim Jong Un said his minions were making plans to bomb Guam. That alone proves Kim’s insane. If he’s going to hit us, he should at least hit something worthwhile because after his nation will be turned into a burning pile of rubble.
John McCain will not give the President any credit for any success. Last week, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and the President were able to secure a unanimous agreement from the UN, including Russia and China, to impose stiff sanctions on North Korea.
The Wall Street Journal wrote in an article that the sanctions do not include restrictions on oil nor do they bar companies from doing business with North Korea. It does however ban trade in North Korean coal and coal is their biggest export earner. The resolution also tightened financial restrictions with North Korea.
The senator from Arizona, who will not credit the administration with this remarkable success in the UN, linked to that article and another in tweets.
In a tweet linking to a Washington Post article trashing Trump, he wrote, Must-read
@washingtonpost: “The U.N. has placed more sanctions on North Korea. That’s not enough.”
WaPo wrote derogatory comments such as, “President Trump seems to grasp the dangers of North Korea’s expanding nuclear and missile programs, but it is not clear what he intends to do, aside from his tweeted broadsides at China.”