"Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"
Trump wrote in an early morning tweet: "My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", Trump tweeted. Trump on Tuesday threatened "fire and fury" if North Korea made more threats to the U.S. And North Korea's military said it was examining plans for attacking Guam.
After President Trump was inaugurated, it was noticed in various reports that due to decades of war and corruption, the U.S. military strength remains severely depleted.
It is unclear to what extent, if any, the USA nuclear arsenal has been modernized since Trump took office.
"It is the job of Secretary Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally", Gorka continued. While President Trump may have ordered for better preparedness and modernization, it is a task that is not likely to get completed within just six months of Trump's presidency.
Humphrey also said that Trump is "impaired by a seriously sick psyche", and that "his sick mind and reckless conduct could consume the lives of millions".
Trump's heated rhetoric comes as his secretary of state seeks to downplay the words. She says he "ticks off" North Korea.
White House deputy adviser Sebastian Gorka dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's reassurances that "Americans should sleep well at night" in response to escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea. The official added, however, "it is important for the North Koreans to understand that this country's strategic patience is exhausted and that our resolve to defend our allies, whatever is required to do that, is not". "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen". "Is this part of diplomatic strategy, or did you find those remarks to be unhelpful?" the reporter asked.
Gorka's statements come amid confusion about the administration's policy toward North Korea after a series of statements that have been dramatically different in tone and have sent starkly different messages. They did not detail whom specifically Trump and Kelly spoke with.
The remarks followed a new report asserting that USA intelligence has assessed that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. It says its ICBMs are a legitimate means of defense against perceived USA hostility, including joint military drills with South Korea. Tens of thousands of US troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan.