“You have two leaders of the two major protagonist countries that are hurling these broadsides back and forth, and they have a lot of personal political face involved in it,” he said.
“I don’t agree that the tack that Mr. Trump has taken is a constructive and productive one,” Brennan said, calling the references to “Rocket Man” and other insults “irresponsible.”
McMaster praised Trump’s handling of the crisis, saying that the President’s leadership had created the possibility of an “unprecedented level of international cooperation on the issue.”
He also praised Tillerson’s efforts to increase international pressure on North Korea, which has moved some countries to cut diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, expel its ambassadors and in some cases, ban North Korean guest workers. North Korea, meanwhile, has said it won’t be willing to talk
to the US until it ensures it has missile and nuclear capabilities.
Updated 6:30 PM ET, Fri October 20, 2017