“He’s acting very, very badly,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, following meetings at his golf course and club in West Palm Beach, Fla., late Sunday afternoon.
“North Korea is behaving very badly,” the president wrote on Twitter on Friday. “They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help!”
Trump’s tweet came as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was en route to Beijing, part of a high-stakes diplomatic swing through Asia.
Tillerson was asked about the possibility of preemptive U.S. military action against North Korea.
“Certainly, we do not want for things to get to a military conflict. We are quite clear in that in our communications,” he said. “But obviously, if North Korea takes action that threaten the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response. If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table.”
It’s not the first time Trump has talked tough about Pyongyang.
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