According to him, "The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical", "It is the job of Secretary Mattis, the secretary of defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally..." On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump's regime reacted to reports that North Korea had produced a compact nuclear warhead by warning the country that it would face consequences if it threatened the US.
Tillerson also said Americans "should sleep well at night" when asked by reporters if people should be anxious about the looming nuclear threat from North Korea - striking a starkly different tone from Trump's earlier comments.
Far from reassuring everyone the world isn't hurtling towards nuclear destruction, the interview with President Trump's Deputy Assistant instead instilled a foreboding sense of doom amongst listeners.
Gorka came back with another round of "fake news" complaints before offering up some compliments for Tillerson and the administration as a whole. Tillerson isn't in charge of defense strategy, he said. If America initiated a first strike, North Korea could still retaliate by destroying a US city.
The letter by the Detroit Democrat was signed by 60 members of the U.S. House, including Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, urging direct negotiations between North Korea and the United States. North Korea said it is drawing up plans to fire missiles at Guam.
He pivoted again in the interview and claimed that he "was admonishing journalists" for "forcing our chief diplomat into a position" to make a "statement regarding military options".
GORKA: I never said that secretary of state was - that's fake news 101.
"I said for reporters to force our chief diplomat, the wonderful Rex Tillerson, to give details of military options is nonsensical", Gorka said. And it also fits into a long-running pattern of White House officials undermining one another, both privately and publicly. If a journalist doesn't know the difference between the secretary of state and the department of defense, they should hand in their credentials.
"Trump must immediately cease talk of pre-emptive war-which must be authorized by Congress-and commit to the diplomatic path advocated by both American experts and the South Korean government".
Obviously, the Secretary's comment didn't go down well with Gorka who insisted it was beyond Tillerson's jurisdiction.