Gorka blamed the media for misinterpreting his comments. Despite the bombastic rhetoric exchanged between North Korean and American leaders this week, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Later that day, Gorka appeared on Fox News and addressed the controversy, denying he uttered those words.
In a letter organized by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), 62 Democrats of the House of Representatives expressed "profound concern" over Trump's statements, apparently referring to his threat to unleash "fire and fury" in response to the North's vows to attack the United States. Tillerson isn't in charge of defense strategy, he said.
The announcement Thursday warned that the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 USA military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000. "And he has done so unequivocally", said Gorka.
Gorka's comments about Tillerson raised eyebrows in part because of the dissonant messaging on North Korea, which continued Thursday. He pivoted again in the interview and claimed that he "was admonishing journalists" for "forcing our chief diplomat into a position" to make a "statement regarding military options". "And I don't think we are".
Knowing you've got a fiver on the possibility of the world ending could take some of the sting out of being wiped out by nuclear war.
"You're not just threatening people because you want to threaten them, you're threatening them because you want them to take offerings", Wit said.
"However, right now, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Haley, you can see the American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results", Mattis said.
GORKA: Absolutely, absolutely but there's a secretary of defense and there's a secretary of state. "He's fourth in line to the presidency", Nauert said.