"In light of the ongoing standoff between the United States and North Korea, as well as President Trump's reckless words, I ask that you immediately call the House of Representatives back into session to debate legislation prohibiting the US from conducting a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior Congressional authorization", he said.
On Friday, after a slightly toned-down message to North Korea, Trump raised the prospect of USA military action in a different hemisphere in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro has consolidated power and drawn widespread worldwide condemnation.
"I think that the president unfortunately has elevated [North Korean Supreme Leader] Kim Jong-Un now", McCaskill told the crowd, according to the Daily Journal Online. "As you know, we have been prepared for an escalation on the Korean peninsula since the armistice in 1953". "All the macho war talk between rounds of golf at Bedminster has made it hard to tell Trump's words from those of the brutal 33-year-old dictator of North Korea", Reid explained.
But despite the escalating rhetoric from Trump, McMaster said the threat of war with North Korea has not dramatically increased over the past few days, though he underscored the seriousness of the problem. "But we are closer to war than we were a decade ago".
Still, he said the U.S. is edging closer to war with Kim because of his nuclear provocations.
Now is the time for statesmanship and cool-headed diplomacy on all sides.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo similarly said Sunday that there is no "imminent" threat of North Korea attacking the USA with a nuclear weapon, though he still expects the country to continue developing its missile program even as other countries call on it to stop.
"There's nothing imminent today", he said on "Fox News Sunday".
"What I'm talking about is I've heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war", he clarified.
"What he wants is to be seen as a world stage player and now we've kind of made him one", she added.
Trump's "reckless" action began Tuesday with his threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang.
"It's that straightforward", he continued. "What we need is someone bringing calm to the situation, not spiking it". Can you guess who said it?
Analysts say Hwasong-12 and 14 missiles, the latest to be developed by North Korea and the subject of recent tests, have been moved into position but it is not clear if they are ready to be fired.