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Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times
Lillian Steele | 13 August, 2017, 01:11

North Korea hit back hours later, saying it is ready to carry out an attack near the USA island of Guam.

She added: "Trump's tweet gives the misleading impression that he has already ordered concrete changes to the United States nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", Trump wrote just before 8 a.m. ET from his golf resort here.

"What he has done is set the Department of Defense some homework that hasn't been turned in yet", Berger said.

Mattis warned that any action by North Korea would be grossly overmatched by the United States and that while the United States is pursuing diplomatic solutions, the combined military power of America and its allies is the most robust on Earth.

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, took issue Thursday with the Republican's claim, made via Twitter at 6:56 a.m Wednesday, that his "first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal".

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", Trump said from the clubhouse of his resort.

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meanwhile has moved to defend his president's remarks insisting he chose his words carefully.

And the president has done little, if anything, to improve the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal. "The only time our posture goes up is based on facts, not because of what Kim and Trump say to each other", the official added.

Todd Harrison, Director of the Aerospace Security Project and Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), told BuzzFeed News that under the Trump administration the nuclear arsenal has "basically remained the same" and in some cases, the number has reduced to comply with the New START treaty - a 2011 agreement between the USA and Russian Federation to reduce and limit the number of nuclear weapons.

Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Trump's threat to North Korea "is reckless and shows a serious lack of judgment".

Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to Trump, interpreted the president's latest tweet as a warning to Pyongyang.

This is why it's quite ironic that in an effort to intimidate North Korea, President Trump seems to be telling some tall tails of his own.

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