In his tweets, Mr. Trump went public in
differing with Mr. Tillerson on having talks with North Korea.
US President Donald Trump has warned his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that
negotiations with North Korea were a âwaste of timeâ and said he âwonât failâ
on a front where three of his predecessors â Bill Clinton, George W Bush and
Barack Obama failed.
âI told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his
time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man. Save your energy Rex, weâll do
what has to be done!â Mr. Trump said in a series of tweets.
âBeing nice to Rocket Man hasnât worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I wonât fail,â Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Trump had earlier also referred to the North Korean leader as âRocket Manâ.
In his tweets, Mr. Trump went public in differing with Mr. Tillerson on having talks with North Korea.
Mr. Tillerson who is in China had said that the US was in direct communication
with North Korea as part of their effort to reduce tension.
âThe whole situation is a bit overheated right now. If North Korea would stop firing its missiles, that would calm things down a lot,â Mr. Tillerson had said on Saturday.
Soon his spokesperson Heather Nauert said North Korean officials have shown no indication that they are interested in or are ready for talks regarding denuclearisation.
In the past few weeks, Mr. Trump has said that he is open to military option,
even though it is not his preferred choice.
Following Mr. Trumpâs tweets, mainstream American media prominently displayed the differences between the president and his secretary of state.
âTrump undercuts Tillerson,â said a headline by The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that âPresident Trump seemed to undercut Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, belittling the prospect of a diplomatic resolution to the crisis with North Koreaâ.
âTrump rejects dialogue with North Korea,â reported The Wall Street Journal.
In an interview to NBC News, Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the powerful
Senate Foreign Relations Committee favoured stepping up against North Korea.
âI mean, we should step it up. I mean, you know, weâre moving to a place where
weâre going to end up with a binary choice soon,â he said.
âI donât think weâre cornering ourselves. But if we donât ramp up the diplomatic side, itâs possible that we end up cornered,â he added.