Donald Trump's evangelical adviser Tuesday said God had given the president the authority to "take out" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil," Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas said in a statement.
"In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un. I'm heartened to see that our president — contrary to what we've seen with past administrations who have taken, at best, a sheepish stance toward dictators and oppressors — will not tolerate any threat against the American people. When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it, or back away from it. Thank God for a President who is serious about protecting our country."
North Korea vowed Monday to strengthen its nuclear arsenal and "make the U.S. pay a thousand-fold" in response to tough U.N. sanctions imposed following the country's recent test-launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The ICBM's were fired at highly lofted angles, and analysts said they could reach parts of the U.S. if fired at a normal, flattened trajectory.
Trump responded Tuesday by saying North Korea's threats will 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 told reporters just before a briefing on the opioid crisis at his resort in Bedminster, N.J. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal statement."
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