Gorka: Tillerson Comments Taken Out of Context

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Gorka has faced controversy over his views on Islam.

Gorka made his initial remarks in an interview with BBC radio as he was asked about what would constitute a red line that might lead to US military action against North Korea.

The Trump administration is speaking in one voice on the threat posed by North Korea, a State Department official has said, dismissing reports that there was dissent within the Government over the issue.

Gorka who spoke to BBC Radio said Tillerson was in no capacity to talk about the military as it is not his mandate.

"You should listen to the president", Gorka said.

The letter was made public as Trump doubled down on his North Korea remarks, suggesting that perhaps his statement wasn't "tough enough".

Mattis's statement leaves conflict with the dictatorial regime led by Kim Jong-un on the table.

Critics have noted that past administrations also failed to stop the North Korean regime from improving its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Their arsenal of between 20 to 50 nuclear weapons could easily reach Alaska or the West coast of the USA, experts say.

That letter also asked about steps to address humanitarian issues such as the reunification of Korean families separated by the armistice that concluded the Korean War, and the return of remains of US service members left in North Korea after the war.

Gorka then used an anecdote involving a Holocaust survivor to suggest North Korea's threats against the USA was somehow similar to that posed against Jews by the Nazis in the Second World War. North Korea said it is drawing up plans to fire missiles at Guam.

"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 told host Liz Claman.

GORKA: I never said that secretary of state was - that's fake news 101.

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

"If a journalist doesn't know the different between the secretary of State and the Department of Defense, they should hand in their credentials", he said.

They also called on Trump to uphold the Constitution and seek congressional authorization before carrying out any pre-emptive attack on the North.

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

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