Chris Murphy: Trump's threat of war with North Korea must be taken 'seriously'

Chris Murphy: Trump's threat of war with North Korea must be taken 'seriously'
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySituation in Yemen should lead us to return to a constitutional foreign policy Overnight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war Senators press Trump administration on Yemen civil war MORE (D-Conn.) on Monday said President Trump's rhetoric directed at North Korea must be taken "seriously," following remarks made by Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGrassley: No reason to delay Kavanaugh hearing The Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world Murkowski echoes calls for Kavanaugh, accuser to testify MORE (R-Tenn.) about Trump possibly leading the U.S. on the path toward "World War III."

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"It's time to take Trump seriously as he keeps hinting, over and over, that he wants to go to war with North Korea," Murphy said in a series of tweets, adding that some of the president's other tweets have proven to not always be "just bluster."

Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said "many" lawmakers have begun to hear "whispers of more serious war talk in and near the White House."

Murphy said Corker may have seriously meant his World War III remark, which he made to The New York Times after getting into a heated exchange with Trump on Twitter.

The Connecticut lawmaker called on both Republicans and Democrats to take swift action and put safeguards in place to prevent the president from initiating a "pre-emptive strike" without congressional approval.

Murphy also listed details about the president's conduct that he views as worrisome, including "surrounding himself with only military men" and dissuading his own Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo working to rebuild ties with US diplomats: report NYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias MORE from engaging in diplomatic talks with Pyongyang.

During his first address to the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea."

Murphy's remarks come amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.