President Donald Trump was on Twitter bright and early Sunday morning, calling Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s invitation to North Korea to talk a “waste of time,” and saying that news out of Puerto Rico is “fake” or from “politically motivated ingrates.”
“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He continued, “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”
Tillerson had announced Saturday that the U.S. was in communication with North Korea in hopes of easing the tensions and seeking peace through diplomacy. “The whole situation is a bit overheated right now. If North Korea would stop firing its missiles, that would calm things down a lot,” Tillerson said Saturday in a press conference following talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to several media reports.
“We ask, ‘Would you like to talk?’ We have lines of communications to Pyongyang — we’re not in a dark situation, a blackout,” he added. “We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang.”
Asked at the Beijing press conference about Trump’s rhetoric about North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, Tillerson called the situation “overheated.”
North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test in September and has launched intercontinental ballistic missiles that some experts say have the range to hit major U.S. cities.
The president also took aim at San Juan mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, who questioned the pace of relief efforts on hurricane-battered Puerto Rico. Trump defended his administration’s response time, while simultaneously calling critics of his efforts as “fake news” and “politically motivated ingrates.”
“We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates,… people are now starting to recognize the amazing work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military. All buildings now inspected… for safety. Thank you to the Governor of P.R. and to all of those who are working so closely with our First Responders. Fantastic job!” the POTUS tweeted.