Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on President Trump's Dangerous Comments on North Korea

Aug 9, 2017

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to President Trump’s  rhetoric regarding North Korea. 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 on Tuesday, August 8th.

“Over the past couple days, President Trump has taken one of this world’s gravest threats – nuclear conflict – and treated it in a way that is both reckless and needless. While the United States must always remain resolute in the defense of our homeland, our allies, and our interests abroad – hostile talk often leads to hostile actions, and thrusting our nation and our world into a devastating conflict because of rash and ill thought out words is unacceptable. We must be smart and cool-headed. The threat from North Korea is real, but it will not be solved by the President of the United States being baited into saber rattling from a rouge dictator. His off the cuff remarks are a grave liability, and must end.

“It is well known that North Korea’s nuclear proliferation is a real and present danger for the United States. President Trump and his Administration have received regular briefings regarding the situation even before the election. That is why it is even more alarming that the Trump Administration has hardly lifted a finger to fill key diplomatic positions here and around the globe. As of today, only one of the top 32 State Department leadership positions has been filled by a Senate-confirmed appointee and President Trump has still yet to appoint a U.S. Ambassador to South Korea. Any solution to this very real conflict will need to include diplomacy, but I am afraid that as of right now the Trump State Department is not equipped for this task.”