Chris Murphy: Trump's threat of war with North Korea must be taken 'seriously'

Chris Murphy: Trump's threat of war with North Korea must be taken 'seriously'
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Jones raised 0K a day after first Moore accusers came forward: report Senate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump's refugee ban MORE (D-Conn.) on Monday said President Trump's rhetoric directed at North Korea must be taken "seriously," following remarks made by Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerBannon: McConnell 'picking up his game' because of our 'insurgent movement' State Dept. spokeswoman acknowledges 'morale issue' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Tenn.) about Trump possibly leading the U.S. on the path toward "World War III."

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"It's time to take Trump seriously as he keeps hinting, over and over, that he wants to go to war with North Korea," Murphy said in a series of tweets, adding that some of the president's other tweets have proven to not always be "just bluster."

Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said "many" lawmakers have begun to hear "whispers of more serious war talk in and near the White House."

Murphy said Corker may have seriously meant his World War III remark, which he made to The New York Times after getting into a heated exchange with Trump on Twitter.

The Connecticut lawmaker called on both Republicans and Democrats to take swift action and put safeguards in place to prevent the president from initiating a "pre-emptive strike" without congressional approval.

Murphy also listed details about the president's conduct that he views as worrisome, including "surrounding himself with only military men" and dissuading his own Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's 12:30 Report Trump will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror Tillerson condemns violence against LGBT people on Transgender Day of Remembrance MORE from engaging in diplomatic talks with Pyongyang.

During his first address to the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea."

Murphy's remarks come amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.