In case you missed it, the situation with North Korea has been steadily escalating. The rouge nation recently test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which they claim can reach the continental United States. Tensions are rising, and President Donald Trump is doing little to relieve them:
Trump turned many heads with his ominous threat of "fire and fury" the likes of which the world has never seen. However, it's been revealed that Trump's words were entirely improvised, and that he said them without consulting any of his advisors.
Per WH sources: Trump improvised 'fire and fury' -- paper he looked was an opioid fact sheet. Kelly 'surprised' not shocked... more tk— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 9, 2017
Trump's impromptu comments on North Korea fit pattern. He says or tweets something & people scramble to defend/implement/mitigate, etc.— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 9, 2017
"Fire and fury" from yesterday was not carefully vetted language from Trump, per several ppl with knowledge. "Don't read too much into it."— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 9, 2017
Though many believe a hard stance with North Korea is the best step, most everyone agrees massive statements against a threatening foreign power shouldn't be improvised in front of microphones. Hopefully before any future steps are taken, Trump will take a moment to consult with his generals and staff-people to see if a de-escalation of the situation may be possible.