Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday he believes the US should use its military power to “prevent” North Korea from launching another nuclear weapon.
“This is an absolute national security crisis, and the fact that we have not used the military means that we are going to have to use it,” Trump said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” on Sunday.
“I think it is a really important thing to do,” Trump added.
“And I think it’s a very important thing for the United States, and I think we should use our military, but we have to be very careful about that.”
Trump was responding to a question from former Republican Senator Bob Corker, who said in an interview with CNN on Sunday that Trump was not the right person to lead the US in North Korea.
“The president of the United State is not a nuclear weapons expert,” Corker said.
“He does not have the background to lead on North Korea.”
Trump’s response drew praise from Senator Lindsey Graham, who wrote in a tweet that “Trump should get the military advice from the experts in his own administration, not the one from the president who has declared war on the United Nations.”
The former secretary of state, who now serves as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also said Trump “should be more focused on the threat that North Korea poses to the United, allies and the world” and should instead focus on what is happening in the Middle East, where he said the situation “has deteriorated beyond belief.”
“The danger of war with North Korea is getting worse, not better,” Graham wrote in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.
“But with this new escalation, we should also remember that the North Koreans are not the only ones to be worrying.
Our adversaries also are.”
North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests in the last year and has conducted three nuclear tests since 2006.