But, by President Trump now saying this, it's nearly as if he's baiting Kim Jong-un to sign the orders on that plan and have North Korea give it a go, and do what would be their most provocative missile test ever. "You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there", said during the conference, referring to Trump as making the "bellicose threats".
"And I think there's a much greater danger if there were to be any kind of degree of ambiguity in connection with the kind of response that Kim Jong Un could expect if he were to threaten the United States or our allies".
Gasps could be heard from the crowd of left-wing activists when Ellison made his remarks.
"That was one of those I wish I'd not said", Ellison explained.
President Donald Trump was criticized last week for warning that North Korea, which has been in conflict with the United States since the start of the Korean War in 1950, would face "fire and fury" if it issued any more threats to the United States.
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I would say Keith Ellison is an extremist crank and that you can't ascribe the same level of insanity to the entire Democratic Party. I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong Un think that he needs to strike first. "What we need from an intelligence perspective, what is most important is that our communications are clear that the fella who intends to inflict pain on the United States of America understands the USA position in an unambiguous way".
"The president has made it very clear to the North Korean regime how America will respond if certain actions are taken", Pompeo said.
On Friday Trump ramped up the military rhetoric even more by tweeting that "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".
Ahrens was not alone in his criticism, as many reactions on Twitter agreed.