Trump: North Korea's 'Little Rocket Man' should have been handled long ago

President Trump ripped past U.S. administrations' handling of North Korea on Friday, escalating his verbal feud with the country's leader Kim Jong Un by continuing to call him "Rocket Man" and "Little Rocket Man."

"Rocket man should have been handled a long time ago," Trump told a crowd of supporters in Alabama at a rally for Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeDomestic influence campaigns borrow from Russia’s playbook Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Five things to watch in Mississippi Senate race MORE (R-Ala.). He has started using the name "Rocket man" for North Korea's leader in the past week.

"We can't have mad men out there shooting rockets all over the place," Trump said.

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"He should have been handled a long time ago by Clinton. I won't mentioned the Republicans, by Obama," he continued, referring to past presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump says he never told McCabe his wife was 'a loser' Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Obama spends Presidents Day at Ayesha Curry's San Francisco restaurant Government's misguided holiday to celebrate itself MORE.

"This shouldn't be handled now. But I'm going to handle it because we have to handle it. Little rocket man. We're going to do it. Because we really have no choice choice. We really have no choice," he said. 

Trump's comments come after Kim blasted Trump on Thursday, calling him a "dotard" and threatening to escalate North Korea's nuclear weapons program despite the U.S. imposing increased sanctions on the country.

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho then threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

The president responded to the threats on Friday, saying Pyongyang would be tested like never before.