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 MurphyOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Governors criticize Trump move on pre-existing conditions Bipartisan group of senators asks FDA to examine drug shortages Trump faces Father’s Day pleas to end separations of migrant families 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 CorkerOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs GOP senator demands details on 'damaging' tariffs 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 TillersonTrump cannot blame policy of separating children on Obama North Korea looked to set up communications back channel through Kushner: report North America wins 2026 bid to host World Cup after lobbying from Trump 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.