Carson said North Korea could knock out electrical grid, make US ‘like "The Purge" all the time’: report

Carson said North Korea could knock out electrical grid, make US ‘like "The Purge" all the time’: report
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonKavanaugh an excellent fit to continue the Supreme Court's honored tradition GOP strategist: Republican candidates distancing themselves from Trump could backfire in midterms Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events MORE reportedly expressed concerns to colleagues that North Korea could wipe out the U.S. electrical grid, making the nation resemble the film “The Purge."

Carson made the comments at a Capitol Hill holiday party hosted by friend and former presidential campaign adviser Armstrong Williams, according to The Washington Post, in the midst of rising tensions between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Did you know that if North Korea detonated a nuclear weapon into our exosphere, it could take out our entire electrical grid?” Carson reportedly asked his acting chief of staff.

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“What’s that movie where there’s complete lawlessness and anarchy for one night a year?” he asked, according to the Post. “ ‘The Purge’! It will be like ‘The Purge’ all the time.”

North Korea has accelerated its nuclear program and has continued to test intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) during the last year. Pyongyang announced in November that it had developed an ICBM capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. It was also reported earlier this month that North Korea is preparing for another ICBM test in the coming weeks.

In his New Year’s Day speech, Kim warned that he has a nuclear launch button on his desk, to which Trump retorted on Twitter that his own nuclear button was “much bigger and more powerful.”

Trump and Kim have continued to exchange jabs through media and on Twitter. Trump has referred to the North Korean leader as “Little Rocket Man” and a “sick puppy.”

Vice President Pence, however, did not rule out talks with North Korean officials at the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month.