Democrats have been widely critical of Trump’s warnings to North Korea this week. Some have claimed that his rhetoric will do more to incite war than solve it and others believe Trump is simply bluffing.
But according to the Independent Journal Review, the governor of Guam, one of the potential target areas, said if any nation wants to attack Guam he wants a president who will say, “they will be met with hell and fury.” With this statement, Eddie Calvo, governor of Guam, conveyed what his people think, and how they stand with the president.
The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has been taking his hostility to an entirely new level since it was discovered he could potentially strike at the US with nuclear-tipped missiles.
On Wednesday, Kim even went so far as to claim he would attack the “waters near Guam by mid-August,” adding that Trump’s threats were nonsense and needed to be dealt with through “absolute force.”
Trump’s declaration came Tuesday when the potential capabilities of North Korea were revealed. As reported by the Independent Journal Review, Trump stated, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He [Kim Jong-un] has been very threatening beyond a normal statement. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
Defense Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed the president’s statements, according to Fox News, saying “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
While many have been supportive of the Trump administration’s efforts to show strength in the face of North Korea’s hostility while seeking to resolve it diplomatically, many Democrats have been critical of the rhetoric. Some have even attempted to undermine it.
According to Breitbart, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), described Trump’s words as nothing but a bluff. “I think there are some things that they want from us, and we have to find out whether or not we can work with them on the things that they’re asking for,” Waters demurred. “And so this is something we should be very concerned about. But this is not the time to go bluffing and threatening. This is a time for diplomacy.”
NBC News reported that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) was similarly critical of Trump’s words “We need to be firm and deliberate with North Korea, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe.”
It should be noted, however, that Guam’s Gov. Calvo, a man who among 160,000 others are living where North Korea reportedly intends to strike first, is supportive of Trump’s words.
After assuring the residents of Guam that proper contingencies were being taken in the event of a missile launch, he said of Trump, “As far as I’m concerned, as an American citizen, I want a president that says that if any nation such as North Korea attacks Guam, attacks Honolulu, attacks the West Coast, that they will be met with hell and fury.”
In the face of hostility, America needs to present a strong, united front while seeking to resolve the matter peacefully. It doesn’t help when Democrats seek to undermine and criticize our leader when another nation seeks to do us harm.