Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ in Response to North Korea


Breanna Zarate, Staff Reporter

On Tuesday, August 8th, Donald Trump made an unofficial address to North Korea during a press conference with reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump combated North Korea’s recent threats of nuclear development and missile testing with a loaded response saying, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.” Trump continued his rhetoric, stating: “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”. Despite the intention to deescalate the tension between the U.S and North Korea, Trump has ramped up Kim Jong Un even more without giving any specifics of what surpasses “crossing the line” for Mr. Trump and what constitutes as a means for  military action. Just hours after his statement, Kim Jong Un threatened to attack an American base in Guam. Trump’s camp reeled in Trump’s statements, saying that the intent was to deter any more threats from North Korea, but some believe Trump’s remarks have done more harm than good.


For years, tensions between America and North Korea have been turning, but these recent exchange of words between these 2 leaders has reached a different high, leaving millions of Americans uncertain of their safety and the possibility for war. Cain Ortiz (11) believes “[North Korea] is kind of slow” in the advancement of weaponry and strategies compared to the U.S; so he thinks the U.S should “be alarmed” when North Korea makes threats to the U.S, but “the U.S should not be tougher on threats made to the U.S. from North Korea. Not as of right now.” Tyler Allison (11) believes that Trump’s statement “hurts the U.S more than helps”. When both Hamilton students were asked if they were comfortable with Trump being a key piece in foreign affairs and maintaining peace with other countries, both said they were “uncomfortable with Trump”. Cain Ortiz went on to say, “he is aggressive.” Xavier Zarate (12) believes that “Trump is not a good fit for foreign affairs, and might lead us into a war”.


Since the backlash, Trump has doubled down on his statements, saying that maybe his comment wasn’t “tough enough”. Mr. Trump seems pleased with his comments and is in high spirits as of today.