GOP lawmaker: 'Quit electing' Dems for national security

Rep. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that Americans would have to quit voting for Democrats if they hope to bolster U.S. national security.

"The American people are going to have to wake up on something," Franks said on Fox Business Network. "If they want this country to be secure, they better quit electing liberal, left-wing Democrats for national security purposes, because it isn't working out very well."

In the interview, the Arizona Republican placed blame on former Democratic Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonRNC spokeswoman on 2020 GOP primary cancellations: 'This is not abnormal' Booker dismisses early surveys: 'If you're polling ahead right now, you should worry' Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama meets with Greta Thunberg: 'One of our planet's greatest advocates' Trump: Cokie Roberts 'never treated me nicely' but 'was a professional' Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE for fueling the rapid advancement of North Korea's weapons programs and a downsizing of the U.S. military.

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Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalated this week after President Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on the reclusive country if it continues to threaten the U.S. 

That followed reports that North Korea had developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead small enough to be delivered by a ballistic missile. 

North Korea's military responded to Trump's warning on Tuesday, saying that it was examining a possible strike on Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific that hosts about 6,000 troops. 

While some administration officials like Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE have defended the president's rhetoric on North Korea, Trump has also come under fire by some lawmakers who say he is unnecessarily escalating the confrontation with Pyongyang.

North Korea has stepped up the pace of its missile tests since Trump took office in January. Last month, it successfully tested for the first time an intercontinental ballistic missile believed to be capable of striking the continental U.S.