In his own mind, Trump's intention may really be to use military force to deny North Korea the capability to threaten the United States with a nuclear-armed ICBM.
Asked if the U.S. was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".
"By forcing us, or the police department, to choose between the values of the city and the philosophy of the police department, in community policing, I think it's a false choice and it undermines our actual safety agenda", Emanuel told CNN. He said in a statement, "Men and women from state and local agencies will be in Charlottesville [on Saturday] to keep the public safe, and their job will be made easier if Virginians, no matter how well-meaning, elect to stay away from the areas where this rally will take place".
Trump's comments come a day after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that Washington and its allies "now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth." .
Just forcing the US to talk would in itself be a success for North Korea.
Others facing execution include Ali al Nimr, charged with setting up a Blackberry page named "The Liberals" and posting photos of the demonstrations and inviting people to participate; Munir Adam, a partially deaf and blind 20-year-old; and two others who were juveniles, the laureates said.
"This would entail a more significant impact on share markets with, say, 20% or so falls before it became clear that the U.S. would prevail", Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy and chief economist at AMP Capital, forecast to The Wall Street Journal.
He'd need to commit himself to an enterprise that would require all of his attention in high-stress conditions for an extended period of time - when he couldn't stick with one position on the House-passed health care bill for more than a couple of weeks. He went on, apparently gleeful about the crisis at hand: "Woe betide anyone who militarily challenges the United States".
Of course, pushing the envelope with moves like the potential missile volley toward Guam has a lot of risks. He doesn't want Trump to kill him and I don't want Kim Jong Un to kill me.
Moreover, the White House and the Pentagon are no doubt aware that the North Korean regime is not a ripe fruit ready to fall, as it relies on a disciplined army and population. They've had the terrific bad luck of being born into a country with horrific leadership, but that's not their fault.
"President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo", a call readout from the White House said. There are very narrow constraints built into the country's pacifistically orientated constitution, and despite the growing pressure from Washington there is still great skepticism among the population regarding all things military.
Oh, I misunderstood. The president's threatening war because he's just sticking up for us.
Kim's behavior has clearly become a net negative for China, massively undercutting Beijing's efforts to close the American umbrella in the East. If China cannot settle a situation that is so plainly adverse to its interests, it will be revealed as a paper tiger.
While on vacation at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump on Friday tweeted further heated warnings to North Korea. "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump". Such a temporary agreement would not satisfy the US demand that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons, so the US would probably not sign such an agreement. A hermit kingdom of wretched poverty, ruled despotically by a thuggish family bent on destabilizing the world.
The laureates said the 14 were convicted and sentenced in a mass trial "based on the actions of the worst defendant", arguing that several would never warrant the death penalty.
The other laureates who signed the letter are: South African anti-apartheid and human rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Polish President Lech Walesa, former South African President F.W. De Klerk and India's anti-slavery leader Kailash Satyarthi.