Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

White House aide describes Tillerson's statement on military matters as "nonsensical"

White House aide describes Tillerson's statement on military matters as

Trump's remarks - which the White House says were the president's "own" words - came after reports that US officials believe North Korea has developed a miniature nuclear weapon capable of fitting onto a missile.

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

"You should listen to the president; the idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical", Gorka said.

His own words are "fake news 101" Gorka told Fox News Thursday.

SEBASTIAN GORKA: Never said that.

Democrats in Congress, led by Rep. John Conyers Jr., sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday warning the administration that it would need congressional approval for any preemptive attack on North Korea. "And the world is, in fact, speaking with one voice, and we saw that as it came out of the UN Security Council with the resolution that passed less than a week ago", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

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Nauert said that the president spoke with his Secretary of State after Trump's "fire and fury" statements, but was unclear about whether the two men spoke before Trump made those comments. He added that he doesn't think North Korea poses an "imminent threat". Claman pointed out that audio of the conversation was available, prompting Gorka to claim he had the audio too.

"For reporters to force our chief diplomat, the fantastic Rex Tillerson, to give details of military options is nonsensical", Gorka said, accusing reporters of twisting his words.

"I was admonishing the journalists of the fake news industrial complex who are forcing our chief diplomat into a position where they are demanding he makes the military case for action when that is not the mandate of the secretary of state", Gorka explained.

With Gorka using the "fake news" excuse again, Claman moved onto the State Department's reaction, playing a clip from today's press briefing.

White House deputy advisor Sebastian Gorka seemed to do some backpedaling when confronted by a Fox News host about his apparent undermining of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. If a journalist doesn't know the difference between the secretary of state and the department of defense, they should hand in their credentials.

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