Dem senator: Trump team has no idea how to handle North Korea crisis

Dem senator: Trump team has no idea how to handle North Korea crisis
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support Senate, Trump clash over Saudi Arabia MORE (D-Conn.) says nobody in President Trump's administration has any idea how to handle the North Korea crisis.

Murphy on Wednesday unleashed a series of tweets ripping Trump for his recent warnings to North Korea, writing that “A President [with] no diplomatic experience chose a Sec of State [with] no diplomatic experience who chose not to hire anyone [with] diplomatic experience.”

“I’m worried about Trump's bellicosity on [North] Korea. I'm more worried that he has ZERO senior people who know how to solve crises like this,” Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote.

Murphy criticized Trump for failing to fill key positions in the State Department under Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump rattles White House with Bolton shake-up Kellyanne Conway on White House departures: 'Get with the program or get out' Petraeus: Watch how Pompeo tackles lagging State Department appointments MORE. Trump has also not appointed an ambassador to South Korea.

“Trump knew [North] Korea would be a problem. Yet he intentionally keeps vacant EVERY diplomatic position that is relevant to solving this crisis,” Murphy tweeted.

“Why are we worried about Trump's military threats? [Because] he's surrounded by advisors trained in military, not diplomatic solutions to crises,” he said, referring to Trump’s new chief of staff, retired Gen. John Kelly.

“North Korea is the hardest problem out there. No obvious solution. But if a path exists, hard to find it [with] gutted diplomatic leadership."

Trump warned North Korea against making future nuclear threats Tuesday, saying he would unleash “fire and fury … the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

The White House said Wednesday that Trump’s exact words hadn’t been vetted, but that advisers helped him to determine the tone of his statement.