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 MurphyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate passes tax overhaul, securing major GOP victory Dem senator compares GOP tax bill to unicorns, Tupac conspiracy theories 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 TillersonOvernight Defense: Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital | Mattis, Tillerson reportedly opposed move | Pentagon admits 2,000 US troops are in Syria | Trump calls on Saudis to 'immediately' lift Yemen blockade Trump has yet to name ambassadors to key nations in Mideast Mattis, Tillerson warned Trump of security concerns in Israel embassy move 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.