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Sebastian Gorka: North Korea Face-Off ‘Analogous to the Cuban Missile Crisis’

Just minutes into Sebastian Gorka’s appearance on Fox & Friends to discuss escalating nuclear tensions between Washington D.C. and Pyongyang, President Donald Trump issued his latest warning to North Korea via Twitter.

Following Trump’s comments warning North Korea against continuing their nuclear threats on Tuesday — and Pyongyang’s response — the U.S. president took to Twitter early Wednesday to boast about America’s powerful nuclear arsenal.

Asked about Trump’s warnings, Gorka said the president ” is saying don’t test America and don’t test Donald J. Trump.”

“We are not just a superpower,” Gorka continued. “We were a superpower. We are now a hyper-power. Nobody in the world, especially not North Korea, comes close to challenging our military capabilities.”

Gorka then reiterated the hardline on North Korea: “So the message is very clear, don’t test this White House, Pyongyang,” before claiming that the hermit kingdom is a “very insignificant threat in terms of scale.”

Despite escalating warnings coming from the White House, Gorka said the ball is in North Koreas court to “stand down the rhetoric.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged calm on North Korea hours before the president’s tweets on Monday morning, saying “Americans should sleep well at night,” and that there is no imminent threat from Pyongyang.

Later in the interview, Gorka was asked about comments from Democratic lawmakers, as well as Republicans like Sen. John McCain, condemning Trump’s “reckless” and “bombastic comments” as unhelpful.

As Fox anchor Brian Kilmeade phrased it, “you’re shaking your head — what’s your reaction to American lawmakers turning against the president’s words?”

Gorka responded by invoking White House grievances about leaks, before claiming that both leaks and “these kinds of statements” sadden him.

The White House staffer then made the argument that Americans need to throw their support behind Trump in this time of crisis:

“These are the moments when we have to come together as a nation and support the executive,” he said. “Whether you voted for him or not, whether they’re a Democrat or whether they’re a Republican, these are trying times.”

“During the Cuban missile crisis we stood behind JFK,” Gorka said, before making an alarming claim about the current state of affairs: “This is analogous to the Cuban missile crisis.”

“We need to come together,” he continued, before arguing that Americans should put the country over their political party.

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