MSNBC’s Brian Williams said Tuesday evening that it is the media’s job to “scare people to death” about the possible ramifications of rising tensions with North Korea.
Last week, in response to North Korean tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the United Nations implemented sanctions against the country. North Korea vowed Monday to unleash “thousands-fold” revenge against the United States for the sanctions.
Following reports that North Korea produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, Trump said Tuesday the regime “best not make any more threats to the United States.”
“They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he said.
After Trump’s remarks, North Korea President Kim Jong Un’s government threatened to strike waters near Guam, an American territory and home to Andersen Air Force Base. According to the New York Times, American strategic bombers would utilize the base “if war with North Korea were to break out.”
During a panel discussion about Trump’s rhetoric toward the Kim regime, Williams, host of “The 11th Hour,” asked MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell about the Trump administration’s response to North Korea.
“There’s pressure,” Mitchell said. “This could have been a signal to Beijing as well; ‘Listen up, take this seriously.’ It could have been President Trump sending signals in a number of directions.”
Mitchell noted that lawmakers such as Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized the tone of Trump’s remarks about North Korea. She then explained the risks of a pre-emptive strike against North Korea, including the risk of harm to South Korea and its citizens, and Americans living there.
Williams turned to MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance and said, “Malcolm, our job tonight actually is to scare people to death on this subject so the talk isn’t as free as it is about a pre-emptive or a surgical military strike.”
“You know that part of the world. The population centers, Andrea and the general [panelist Barry McCaffrey] have talked about, South Korea, the Japanese, and so on and so on,” Williams said.
Nance replied that a pre-emptive strike against North Korea “is not a viable option.”
(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)