President Donald Trump may say he's not taking a 17-day vacation while the White House gets HVAC repairs, but photos of Trump golfing on Wednesday have tongues wagging and Twitter fingers typing.
Sixty-four Democratic members of the House of representatives - including John Conyers, the only member of Congress to have fought in the Korean War - sent a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on August 10 expressing "profound concern over the statements made by President Trump that dramatically increased tensions with North Korea and raised the specter of nuclear war".
CNN's Dan Merica shared an Instagram photo of the president with a NY contractor who has repeatedly popped up at Trump's clubs over the past few months, posing for multiple pictures with the president. "They have a lot of leverage over North Korea if they want to use it". "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".
"I support peace, I support safety, and I support having to get very tough if we have to protect America or our allies", said Trump.
North Korea on Thursday said its proposed missile strike would fly over Japan on its way to Guam.
"It's a very big decision for me", Politico news quoted the President as saying.
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He added: "If the remaining 25 per cent doesn't arrive by August 31, I will not moan". But we have players and if we can not strengthen then we have people we trust'.
"Kim Jong Un freezes any nuclear tests and any missile launches - we mean ballistic missiles - and the United States and South Korea freeze large-scale military exercises", Lavrov said, adding that North Korea regularly uses the drills to justify its missile tests and nuclear program.
Trump also mentioned that he will push for more funding to go towards anti-missile defense due to the threat of North Korea and other countries. "Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?"
Chinese state television cited Trump as telling Xi that he fully understands the role China has been playing on the North Korean nuclear issue.
The statement is a direct response to bipartisan criticism of the ultimatum Trump issued to North Korea on Tuesday.
Other foreign leaders raised questions about whether there was a military option in North Korea.
If the missiles were actually launched at Guam - North Korean officials hope to drop them about 40 kilometers offshore - it would be the first time North Korean missiles landed so close to an American territory, and it would force the USA military to decide if it would attempt to shoot them down.
"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed, and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", Mattis said. At some point either Trump is going to have to reverse himself and damage credibility, or he's going to feel compelled to execute on those threats, which could cost the lives of a lot of people.