At the same time in his first year as president, Obama had golfed at least 11 times. His stunning rhetoric, which suggested a military clash between two nuclear-armed nations, also underscored that the president is willing to apply his unconventional and unpredictable approach to governing to the global crises that cross his desk.
The US military not operating at an elevated security level.
"It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries".
Now it turns out that Trump's threatening words were entirely improvised, according to several people with direct knowledge of what unfolded. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the "tone and strength of the message were discussed" but that the exact phrasing was "his own".
The war of words between the US and Pyongyang reached a tipping point Wednesday when President Trump's warning of "fire and fury" against the burgeoning nuclear power was met with a threat to launch a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.
But Defense Secretary James Mattis striking a calmer tone. He added that, "The great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act, and I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act". John McCain, R-Ariz.
CHANG: Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican of SC, told CBS that he sees Trump's warning as a strategic move. "He's going to stop the threat". That was followed by the release of photos showing North Korea had a miniature nuclear weapon that could fit in a missile head.
The re-entry piece, the targeting piece - there are still unknowns as far as North Korea's ability.
KK: Have your Republican colleagues in Congress expressed any concerns to you about Trump's rhetoric with respect to North Korea?
Andrew Fletcher, senior vice president commodity derivatives at KeyBank National Association said the president's comments add an "undertone" to the market but that if oil traders were "really anxious about confrontation we would be much higher than this". "Traditional diplomacy is not created to deal with threats of nuclear attacks, and it is not created to deal with the repeated defiance of the United Nations".
The golf outing came amid rising tensions with North Korea.
On Wednesday, the North Korean defense ministry dismissed Trump's comments as "a load of nonsense", coming from a "guy bereft of reason".
Chinese state television cited Trump as telling Xi that he fully understands the role China has been playing on the North Korean nuclear issue.
When asked about a threat in North Korean media, Trump said that he would not respond to North Korean media and wait for comment from Kim Jong Un, who he said has been "very quiet in the last three days".
"Americans should sleep well at night", Tillerson told reporters.
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