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Trump: Maybe ‘Fire and Fury’ Statement ‘Wasn’t Tough Enough’

President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday that maybe his “fire and fury” warning to North Korea “wasn’t tough enough.”

Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump told reporters gathered at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey of his remarks that “maybe it wasn’t tough enough.”

“They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years,” Trump continued. “And it’s about time that somebody stuck up for this country and for the people of other countries.”

“So, if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”

Trump issued the stern warning to Pyongyang on Tuesday in response to reports the country had developed a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a missile. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” he said to reporters. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

But just hours after Trump warned Pyongyang against making further threats, the North Korean military issued a statement indicating the country is “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific.

The following day, Trump took to Twitter to boast about America’s powerful nuclear arsenal. The back-and-forth has escalated the already high tensions between Washington D.C. and Pyongyang, raising concerns as to how such a face-off ends.

Watch his Thursday comments above, via Fox News.

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