During an appearance at the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta Friday, Ellison addressed the recent exchange of inflammatory rhetoric between Trump and North Korea, saying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was acting more responsibly than the USA president.
"That was one of those I wish I'd not said", Ellison told the Post. "It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse". I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong Un think that he needs to strike first.
"You have this guy [Trump] making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there", Ellison said.
North Korean workers have held rallies in support of Kim Jong-un's regime as they country continued to rail against fresh United Nations sanctions that cut off $1billion in worldwide trade.
Since the Clinton administration in the early 1990s, the USA has reacted to Pyongyang's "nuclear blackmail" with negotiated agreements that lead to aid and an easing of sanctions followed invariably by broken promises, a growing nuclear arsenal and more threats.
"All the macho war talk between rounds of golf at Bedminster has made it hard to tell Trump's words from those of the brutal 33-year-old dictator of North Korea", Reid explained.
The crisis blew up following the disclosure that U.S. intelligence analysts had concluded North Korean scientists had developed a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile.
Washington and Pyongyang have been engaged in an escalating war of words since Wednesday when Trump warned of "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if the North continues escalating its nuclear threat.