Letters: Trump getting it right on North Korea

Rubio's defense of the President's comments is at odds with the opinions of some of his colleagues in the Senate - including Republicans - who criticized Trump for the harsh rhetoric.

A New Hampshire reporter published Humphrey's letter to Rep. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), in which he called Trump "sick", "dangerous" and a man of "poor judgement, belligerence and reckless impetuosity".

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".

"Accordingly, we respectfully but firmly urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that President Trump and other Administration officials understand the importance of speaking and acting with the utmost caution and restraint on this delicate issue".

Pyongyang reacted by claiming it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam - an island territory in Micronesia and the site of a USA military base. The usual diplomatic suspects, including some American lawmakers, claimed his remarks hurt USA credibility and were irresponsible.

When Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" Tuesday if it continues to menace the US with nuclear weapons, he provoked nearly as much backlash at home as in Pyongyang.

Humphrey said Trump is "seriously sick" and that his expertise as a former member of the Armed Services Committee finds that Trump is "pouring gasoline on a fire". They urged him to "minimize preconditions in order to bring the North Koreans to the table and commence dialogue at the earliest possible date".

The lawmakers noted that they wrote to Trump in late May raising similar concerns but had not received a response.

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