CNN's Zakaria: Trump North Korea threats 'the art of the bluff'

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE's stern rhetoric on North Korea, calling his “fire and fury” comments “the art of the bluff.”

The commentary comes after Trump doubled-down on his Tuesday warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by telling reporters at his golf club in New Jersey that perhaps his words “may not be tough enough.”

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“Frankly, the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough? Maybe it wasn’t tough enough,” the president said. “They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries.”

Zakaria responded on Thursday’s “CNN Tonight” with disbelief. 

“It’s stunning what President Trump has been doing,” the “GPS” host said.

“The president rarely makes the kind of threats, any kind of threats. That kind of credibility is viewed as very precious,” he continued.

“What you have in Donald Trump is something absolutely extraordinary. You have the president of the United States essentially threatening a preemptive or a preventive nuclear wear in Asia, not in response to a North Korean strike, but in response to North Korea’s rhetoric, the fact that they’re disrespecting the United States. I mean, it is staggering.”

Zakaria went on to list all of the threats Trump has made over the years that he hasn't followed through on.

“In this case, what we have is the art of the bluff. This is what Trump does all the time. He’s got amazing stuff on Obama he’s going to reveal. Nothing. He’s going to move the embassy to Jerusalem, nothing. He’s going to recognize Taiwan, nothing. And my fear is the North Koreans have watched Donald Trump,” he said.

“I think at some level, I sometimes wonder whether Trump thinks that the North Koreans don’t get CNN, so they don’t know what’s going on. But they know. They watch this guy make empty threats for much of his life and for a lot of his presidency. It’s very worrying.”

Trump continued his stern rhetoric toward North Korea and its leader on Friday morning. 

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump tweeted.