Keith Ellison: 'Irresponsible' Trump could bring about first strike by North Korea

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said President Donald Trump had elevated North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as a "world stage player" in his statements over their nuclear weapons program, The Hill reported Saturday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants world recognition for his regime and the US needs to stop backing him into a corner. Well, he's acting more responsibly than this guy is. "So if you don't want to get caught, deer-in-the-headlights, start calling for diplomacy in North Korea immediately".

He said: "I am concerned by reports that detainees are not receiving due legal process and are being held in inhumane conditions".

He continued, "The time for cranking up the antiwar machine is right now". "It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse".

And just days before that, the president promised to unleash "fire and fury" on the tin-pot country, should dictator Kim Jong Un continue to make unwelcome advances against the United States. And so, what we need to do is try to tamper down this crisis.

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In a short interview after the speech, Ellison dialed back the Kim-Trump comparison.

"I've traveled and (seen) the anti-ballistic missiles that we have in Alaska, South Korea, Guam as part of my service on the Armed Services Committee", she added. At other planning sessions, activists plotted direct action in the case of actual hostilities.

The Republican National Committee took issue with Ellison's analysis of the two political leaders. Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, later retracted that but still said he thinks Trump is "irresponsible".