State says Trump on 'same page' as USA officials

State says Trump on 'same page' as USA officials

After those meetings, Tillerson flew to Thailand-the highest-ranking USA official to visit since a military coup in 2014.

"What they've been doing and what they've been getting away with is a tragedy and it can't be allowed", Trump said.

"I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime that the US has the unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies, and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part", he told reporters earlier on Wednesday.

In his BBC interview, Gorka responded to questions about the contradictory messages coming from the president, State Department and Pentagon about how the US would respond to a series of nuclear threats made by North Korea this week.

When confronted with these comments hours later on Fox News, Gorka denied having ever described Tillerson's comments as "nonsensical", claiming he "never said that" and attacked the media for reporting his direct quote, calling it "fake news 101".

"Sebastian, you know this is going to be all over the papers and whether you had the exact meaning that people have now interpreted it as, it looks like to some people, it looks like - forget backstabbing, that you frontstabbed the secretary of state and, you know, people look at that and say who was he to admonish the process."

GORKA: Absolutely, absolutely. No, I never said that, I said for reporters to force our chief diplomat, the fantastic Rex Tillerson to give details of military options is nonsensical. "Our policy across the administration is the same", she said.

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Tillerson, in remarks to reporters Wednesday, intimated that a pre-emptive strike was not in cards, but that a response to an attack from Pyongyang would be forceful.

During a chat with reporters the next day, Tillerson seemed to try and tamp down Trump's heated rhetoric, saying, "I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days".

The United States is on the same page.

Gorka said the president's promise to meet North Korean aggression with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" should be taken as a military threat.

Gorka made his initial remarks in an interview with BBC radio as he was asked about what would constitute a red line that might lead to US military action against North Korea.

State Department official Heather Nauert said during a press briefing that Tillerson's advice on North Korea should be listened to.

"He's a Cabinet secretary", Nauert said, noting she had not yet heard or read Gorka's remarks herself. "He carries a big stick".

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