Ben Cardin, the Foreign affairs committee's top Democrat, compared Trump's comments to those issued by North Korea itself.
The Trump administration is speaking in one voice on the threat posed by North Korea, a State Department official has said, dismissing reports that there was dissent within the Government over the issue.
"Today, the president tweeted that he had ordered a modernization of the USA nuclear arsenal and touted its unmatched power".
Rubio said he was not advocating for a strike but, "as bad as that would be, it would be worse to live in a world held hostage by this man's ability to strike the United States with a weapon". "And I think he knows that".
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio was in Jacksonville on Wednesday and strongly defended President Donald Trump's handling of the North Korean crisis. "I think the problem is there is a lunatic in North Korea with nuclear weapons and the ability to put them on a missile that can reach the United States ..."
"What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language Kim Jong-un would understand". The U.S. shouldn't make threats that it isn't prepared to carry out, but threatening to attack North Korea is a deranged thing to do in any case, so there is no excuse for what Trump did.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sent a more measured statement to Action News Jax.
H played the clip of Trump saying, "they will be met with fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before".
"North Korea poses a serious threat to the US and all options should be on the table to protect the American people", Nelson said.