HuffPost Politics: August 9th, 2017, Why Republicans are turning on each other.
President Donald Trump issued a stark warning to North Korea on Tuesday promising to unleash “fire, fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before” if the country continues to escalate its threats against the U.S.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said Tuesday in a short statement to reporters before a meeting on the national opioid crisis. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] has been very threatening beyond a normal state.”
Trump’s remarks at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, only add tension to an already dangerous standoff with North Korea, several experts who spoke to HuffPost warned. Over the years, the U.S. has attempted to prevent the growth of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and development of missile technology at various times using sanctions, diplomacy and the threat of military action. But nothing has fully obstructed the nation’s advancements.
“That is about the stupidest and most dangerous statement I have ever heard an American president make,” John Mecklin, editor-in-chief of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said to HuffPost. The Bulletin created the “Doomsday Clock,” a symbolic representation of humanity’s proximity to apocalyptic destruction.
“Trump’s statement is incredibly reckless and foolish,” Kingston Reif, director of disarmament and threat reduction policy for the Arms Control Association, said to HuffPost.
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?
Republicans are turning their guns on each other in the wake of their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Some GOP lawmakers are facing attacks from their right flank over their handling of the health care debate.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson scrambled to defuse North Korea tension as Trump bragged about U.S. nuclear power. He said he doesn’t believe there’s “any imminent threat.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing a debt ceiling dilemma. Some in the GOP are suggesting Ryan’s job could be on the line.
Americans think Trump’s administration is causing more problems than it solves, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov survey. Even voters who supported Trump in last year’s election are not universally positive about the current efforts of his White House.
A three-year-old was released from immigration detention after spending more than half of his life locked up. A judge ordered the release of the boy and his mother, a 28-year-old woman who says she fled kidnapping threats and violence in her native country, without bail or bond, although the mother is still fighting deportation.
The U.S. is quietly giving a Chinese billionaire a monopoly on a new liver cancer drug. It’s the second time this year the federal government has proposed giving exclusive rights for taxpayer-funded research to a foreign pharmaceutical giant.