Fallout: Trump's 'fire and fury' sends officials scrambling

The Hill: U.S. officials scrambled Wednesday to clarify the administration’s position on North Korea after President Trump’s warned that “fire and fury” would come to Pyongyang if it threatens the United States.

The White House pushed back on reports that Trump’s national security advisers were caught off-guard by Trump’s statement, but acknowledged the president’s exact phrasing was not planned.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump was trying to send a message to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, in words he would understand, but also downplayed the possibility of armed conflict.

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