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 ClintonMarching toward a debt crisis The tragic cycle of genocide denial has returned: This time, Nigeria John Lithgow releases poem on the downfall of Acosta MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJulián Castro: 'Everybody knows that the President acts like a white supremacist' Ex-Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins ABC News as contributor Daily Mail: Ex-British ambassador said Trump left Iran deal to spite Obama 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 TillersonA brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats What is Trump's Iran end game? 'I alone can fix it,' Trump said, but has he? 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.