GOP lawmaker: 'Quit electing' Dems for national security

Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksReal-time data insights have become a powerful political tool Tillerson announces mandatory sexual harassment training for State Dept. Dems blast RNC over Steve Wynn sexual misconduct claims: 'This is the party of Donald Trump' MORE (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that Americans would have to quit voting for Democrats if they hope to bolster U.S. national security.

"The American people are going to have to wake up on something," Franks said on Fox Business Network. "If they want this country to be secure, they better quit electing liberal, left-wing Democrats for national security purposes, because it isn't working out very well."

In the interview, the Arizona Republican placed blame on former Democratic Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonShould the Rob Porter outcome set the standard? Make the compromise: Ending chain migration is a small price to legalize Dreamers Assessing Trump's impeachment odds through a historic lens MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE for fueling the rapid advancement of North Korea's weapons programs and a downsizing of the U.S. military.


Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalated this week after President Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on the reclusive country if it continues to threaten the U.S. 

That followed reports that North Korea had developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead small enough to be delivered by a ballistic missile. 

North Korea's military responded to Trump's warning on Tuesday, saying that it was examining a possible strike on Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific that hosts about 6,000 troops. 

While some administration officials like Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFormer WH adviser: Trump will want to rejoin Paris climate pact by 2020 Why the US should lead on protecting Rohingya Muslims 'Bolivarian Diaspora' can no longer be ignored MORE have defended the president's rhetoric on North Korea, Trump has also come under fire by some lawmakers who say he is unnecessarily escalating the confrontation with Pyongyang.

North Korea has stepped up the pace of its missile tests since Trump took office in January. Last month, it successfully tested for the first time an intercontinental ballistic missile believed to be capable of striking the continental U.S.