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John McCain: Trump Must Be Prepared to Act

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 06:26 PM

Sen. John McCain cautioned Tuesday that President Donald Trump should not threaten North Korea if he was not prepared to act.

"I take exception to the president's comments, because you got to be sure you can do what you say you're going to do," the Arizona Republican told "The Mac & Gaydos Show" on KTAR-FM in Phoenix.

President Trump told reporters in New Jersey that further threats from Pyongyang would be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump said. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.

"He has been very threatening beyond a normal statement," the president said.

"And, as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and, frankly, power — the likes of which the world has never seen before."

McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Trump was best to follow the adage of former President Teddy Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick."

"The great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act," the senator said, "and I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act.

"It's not terrible in what he said," McCain continued. "It's the classic Trump in that he overstates things."

However, McCain said he did not believe North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was ready for actual war.

"I think the rotund ruler in Pyongyang is crazy, but he's not ready to go to the brink," he said.

Still, Kim should be taken seriously in light of reports North Korea has developed mini nuclear warheads that could be placed within intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"It scares me as far as its potential is concerned because they have 1,000 rockets aimed at Seoul [the South Korean capital] that could set that city on fire," he said.

McCain also called on China to act, saying: "They can shut down the North Korean economy in a week."

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