Thursday, 19 October, 2017

White House aide describes Tillerson's statement on military matters as "nonsensical"

Kenny Thornton | 12 August, 2017, 08:24

"I never said that", he said. However, a US official briefed on the assessment says the advancement does not mean North Korea has a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can survive reentry accurately.

Democrats in Congress, led by Rep. John Conyers Jr., sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday warning the administration that it would need congressional approval for any preemptive attack on North Korea.

Gorka made his initial remarks in an interview with BBC radio as he was asked about what would constitute a red line that might lead to USA military action against North Korea.

En route to the USA island territory of Guam early Thursday Tillerson said that a threat military force from President Donald Trump the day before didn't carry any weight.

"Sebastian, you know this is going to be all over the papers", Claman said after playing a clip of the press briefing where Nauert was asked about the comment.

Sebastian Gorka appeared on BBC radio Thursday and delivered one of the most aggressive takes to date on what Trump might do - even allowing that a mere threat from North Korea could be construed as an act of war, as Trump seemed to do earlier this week.

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Critics have noted that past administrations also failed to stop the North Korean regime from improving its nuclear weapons arsenal. North Korea said it is drawing up plans to fire missiles at Guam.

"He's a Cabinet secretary", Nauert said, noting she had not yet heard or read Gorka's remarks herself.

"I was admonishing the journalists of the fake news industrial complex who are forcing our chief diplomat into a position where they are demanding he makes the military case for action when that is not the mandate of the secretary of state", Gorka explained.

"For reporters to force our chief diplomat, the fantastic Rex Tillerson, to give details of military options is nonsensical", Gorka said, accusing reporters of twisting his words. "That's why we have a department of defense".

"Trump must immediately cease talk of pre-emptive war-which must be authorized by Congress-and commit to the diplomatic path advocated by both American experts and the South Korean government".

Gorka's comments drew considerable media attention since, regardless of the context, it was unusual to see a top White House aide publicly saying it was "simply nonsensical" for the secretary of the State to discuss military affairs.

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