White House aide describes Tillerson's statement on military matters as "nonsensical"

Ivan Schwartz
August 12, 2017

"I never said that - that's fake news 101", Gorka said during an appearance on Fox News.

While Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea not to threaten the US and spoke of meeting the North with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", Tillerson on Wednesday played down those comments and said Trump "just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S.'s unquestionable ability to defend itself".

Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate foreign affairs committee, defended President Donald Trump's stark warning to North Korea in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Asked Thursday if the administration was deliberately using a "good cop, bad cop" tactic, she sidestepped, addressing the administration's goal and not its approach. Tillerson's comments seemed to calm things down, at least for the time being, but then White House Aide, Sebastian Gorka entered the picture.

Speaking in New Jersey at his golf course, Trump declined to rule out a preemptive strike on North Korea, saying he wouldn't discuss potential military options.

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During the radio interview, Gorka also pushed back on more levelheaded comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Americans should "sleep well at night" and "have no concerns" over the the threat of attacks from North Korea. He pivoted again in the interview and claimed that he "was admonishing journalists" for "forcing our chief diplomat into a position" to make a "statement regarding military options".

Rubio was among many Republicans in the 2016 presidential primary and he and Trump had a heated and at times publicly contentious relationship previous year.

Tillerson's call for talks with North Korea is "strongly" supported by the 62 lawmakers and should be followed by an effort to minimize the preconditions, they said.

At the State Department, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said she couldn't comment directly on Gorka's remarks because she had not heard them herself. "He's fourth in line to the presidency", Nauert said.

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