Trump at the Helm - God Help Us

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) defended President Trump's threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea Thursday, saying the president's comments were meant to put pressure on China.

However, according to an article in the Boston Globe, quoting an expert in the realm of presidential power, Trump has nearly "unchecked authority to order the use of conventional or nuclear weapons against North Korea".

Should the day come for Donald Trump to make that speech from the Oval Office about why he's about to do what everyone hopes he never has to do, I think all of us would appreciate a little more accuracy about the underlying facts than we had the last time.

Yet even then, Trump insisted that what North Korea does "can't be allowed", and the most reassurance he had to offer about the possibility of precipitously starting a huge war sometime soon was "we'll see what happens".

"Today, the president tweeted that he had ordered a modernization of the USA nuclear arsenal and touted its unmatched power".

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But Rubio says a strike against North Korea is the last option he would want to see the United States take, instead he's hoping for a diplomatic solution.

"I think that the president, again, as commander-in-chief, I think he felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directly to North Korea", he added.

"He's saying, 'Don't test America and don't test Donald J".

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said in an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR that he takes "exception to the President's comments because you've got to be sure that you can do what you say you're going to do". "Nobody in the world, especially not North Korea, comes close to challenging our military capabilities".

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