Members of political media on Tuesday mocked President Trump's stern warning to North Korea against threatening the U.S., saying the language he used sounded more like a statement out of Pyongyang.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said to reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
The reaction from left- and right-leaning media followed quickly afterwards.
No joke: I read Trump's statement on North Korea and thought it was a North Korean statement on Trump.— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) August 8, 2017
This sounds like something North Korea would say. https://t.co/oXxHhRfNW9— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) August 8, 2017
Reminder: the wonderful, thriving city of Seoul, capital of South Korea, is just 35 miles away from the border, within "fire and fury" range— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) August 8, 2017
Truman 1945: "rain of ruin...the like of which has never been seen on this earth;" Trump today: "fire & fury like the world has never seen" https://t.co/cvKE313uNp— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) August 8, 2017
I want to know if Kelly, Mattis, Tillerson, or McMaster knew what was going to come out of Trump's mouth about North Korea— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 8, 2017
The President of the United States shouldn't sound like Kim Jong Un. It antagonizes everyone while accomplishing nothing. https://t.co/MXsBRAc1Gd— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) August 8, 2017
Nuclear war Twitter will be the best Twitter.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) August 8, 2017
Trump crawls out of bunker and surveys the flatten radioactive landscape that was D.C.— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) August 8, 2017
"Well, time for Infrastructure Week"
"I dare you!"— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) August 8, 2017
"No, I dare you!"
"I double-dare you!"
"I triple-dare you!"
"I tripled-dog-dare you!" pic.twitter.com/Li0Is6heod
North Korea has been testing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) with the ability to reach mainland U.S., and earlier Tuesday reports emerged that North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead to mount on such missiles.
In late July, North Korea tested an ICBM that experts stated had a range to hit major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles or Chicago.
On Saturday, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to sanction Pyongyang for the tests.