It was probably inevitable that Donald Trump would catapult the world onto the brink of nuclear conflict by saying something intemperate, but it still sucks nonetheless. "The President ratchets it up and the North Koreans say, 'OK, you have got a pair or twos, we have got three threes". In light of Trump's recent threat to meet continued North Korean nuclear threats with "fury and fire", which Humphrey likened to "pouring gasoline on fire", Humphrey argued that the "system of checks and balances" is not enough. 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".
Reportedly, the language shocked a number of the president's national team, including his new chief of staff.
The announcement Thursday warned that the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 US military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.
North Korea has said it may attack Guam in retaliation.
The NYT also reports that a person who spoke with Trump before his address said that he was in a "bellicose mood".
Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.