A host on the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) online “NRA TV” has apologized for suggesting North Korea should launch a nuclear attack on California.
“Let's send a note to North Korea that Sacramento changed its name to Guam!," NRA TV host Grant Stinchfield said in a since-deleted tweet.
An NRA spokesman and conservative talk show host tweeted this today pic.twitter.com/YkaYfBKj41— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) August 11, 2017
Stinchfield was referencing North Korea’s threats earlier this week in which the country said it was considering launching ballistic missiles toward the island of Guam.
Stinchfield told the New York Daily News on Friday that the tweet was “meant as a joke.”
“It was meant as a joke and I regret it,” he told the Daily News. “What’s going on with North Korea is no laughing matter.”
Pyongyang detailed its plan, which includes launching four of its Hwasong-12 missiles to waters by Guam, earlier this week, according to The Associated Press.
The missiles would fly over Japan and go “1,065 seconds before hitting the waters 30 to 40 kilometers away from Guam.” The missile launch plan will be presented to North Korean lead Kim Jong Un in the next few weeks, according to the reports.
The North Korean threat came after President Trump issued a warning to Pyongyang to stop making threats against the U.S. and its allies.
"He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,” Trump said of Kim.