After Thursday's security briefing at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump told reporters that perhaps his “fire and fury” admonishments to North Korea weren't "tough enough."
“They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years,” Trump continued, speaking of North Korea and their threats of nuclear warfare against the United States. “And it’s about time that somebody stuck up for this country and for the people of other countries.”
Considering the statement he released earlier in the week which said that if North Korea didn't back off their threats, "they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," Trump added, "If anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough."
North Korea claimed earlier in the week that they were "seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic rockets in order to interdirect the enemy forces on major military bases on Guam and to signal a crucial warning to the U.S."
Thursday saw Trump respond to the country's threats in kind.
“I will tell you this, if North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,” Trump promised. “They should be very nervous. Things will happen to them like they never thought possible.”
Speaking directly about Kim Jong Un, Trump said, “He has disrespected our country greatly. He has said things that are horrific. And with me, he’s not getting away with it.”
“It’s not a dare,” Trump continued. “It’s a statement. It has nothing to do with dare. That’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam, and he’s not gonna threaten the United States, and he’s not gonna threaten Japan. He’s not gonna threaten South Korea. No, that’s not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact.”
See the president's full remarks in the video below.