Pompeo: Trump’s nuclear button tweet ‘entirely consistent’ with US policy

Pompeo: Trump’s nuclear button tweet ‘entirely consistent’ with US policy
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CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoRosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Pompeo rejects ‘good cop, bad cop’ characterization of Russia strategy Pompeo: 'Enormous mistake' for Iran to blame US, allies for attack on military parade MORE on Sunday defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE's tweet claiming his nuclear button was bigger than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's, saying the post lined up with U.S. policy. 

"That tweet is entirely consistent with what we're trying to communicate," Pompeo told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." 

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"We want the regime to understand that, unlike before, we are intent on resolving this and it is our firm conviction that resolving this diplomatically is the correct answer but that this administration is prepared to do what it takes to assure that people in Los Angeles, in Denver, in New York are not held at risk from Kim Jong Un having a nuclear weapon," he continued.  

"That tweet is entirely consistent with that policy," he repeated.

The president tweeted on Tuesday that the nuclear launch button on his desk is "much bigger" and "more powerful" than Kim's.

The tweet was in response to the North Korean leader's New Year's Day address, in which he said he had a nuclear launch button at his desk. 

Kim also said the international community would have to accept North Korea's status as a nuclear-armed nation as a "reality."