Mnuchin: Trump doesn’t want to be in a nuclear war

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMark Mellman: History’s judgment Trump's motorcade greeted with chants of 'lock him up' in NYC Treasury watchdog probes lack of tax plan analysis from Mnuchin MORE said on Sunday that President Trump does not want to get involved in a nuclear war with North Korea, despite the escalating feud between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

“The president doesn’t want to be in a nuclear war and we’ll do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t occur," Mnuchin said on ABC's "This Week."


Trump blasted Pyongyang in his United Nations General Assembly speech last week, and began referring to Kim as "Rocket Man."

Kim in turn called the president a "mentally deranged dotard," followed by the president saying Kim would be tested like never before. 

North Korea's foreign minister also issued a threat in response to Trump's speech, saying the country was considering dropping a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. 

Mnuchin said the president was prepared to respond if that scenario were to ever play out. 

"The president has said all the options are on the table. The president has lots of alternatives that have been presented to him, and he'll make the decisions at the time," he said.