The Associated Press: Trump crisis & risk
Analysis: Trump Meets Crisis With Familiar Bluster, Risk
Donald Trump has responded to perhaps the sternest international test of his presidency in precisely the way that some supporters had hoped and critics feared.
The mix of plain-spoken bluster, spontaneity and norm-breaking risk defined his political rise, and it's guided his approach on North Korea. When the isolated communist nation punched, Trump tried to punch back harder, as he did in campaign debates.
But this was not a Florida debate stage or a low-stakes celebrity Twitter spat of the sort Trump perfected before entering politics.
North Korea has a rapidly developing nuclear program, and over the course of a week, Trump used provocative rhetoric and dismissed the careful or precise diplomatic language favored by his predecessors.
Still, Trump's strategy was familiar.
He tweeted regularly. He took it personally. He spoke off the cuff. News conferences produced moments that immediately sparked chatter, confusion, criticism and attention.
On Friday, after a slightly toned-down message to North Korea, Trump raised the prospect of U.S. military action in a different hemisphere — in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro has consolidated power and drawn widespread international condemnation.
Trump's pugnacious public talk is matched by his private conversations with aides and allies. Trump has told associates that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has disrespected him and the United States, and that Trump believes the North will only respond to toughness and the threat of force, according to two people who, like others interviewed, requested anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.
Some aides were surprised when Trump said on Tuesday, soon after word spread that North Korea had made a nuclear breakthrough, that the North would face "fire and fury" if the threat continued. Trump had not used those words in a conference call with advisers beforehand when discussing the matter.
He also told aides, including new chief of staff John Kelly, that he had no intention of softening his tone, according to two White House officials, who also demanded anonymity to discuss the conversations.
The president has gone out of his way to discuss the threat posed by North Korea, tweeting frequently and engaging reporters at length four times over two days in his New Jersey golf club.
On Thursday, as he fielded questions from a small group of reporters, he ignored press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who repeatedly held up a hand-written sign that urged him to take just one final question. Instead, he frequently made eye contact with individual reporters to seek out their inquiries. He ended up talking for 30 minutes, much of it in ominous language about North Korea.
His plain-spoken tough talk, which is easily distilled into tweets and the ticker headlines that crawl across cable television, has frequently thrilled supporters.
"Trump is simply trying to communicate in vivid, clear language to a dictator not used to listening to anybody that they are facing the potential end of their regime," said Trump adviser Newt Gingrich. "I think that what he's trying to do in the short run is to communicate with great intensity that we are serious."
For others, Trump's rhetoric only appeared to be escalating the crisis.
"Presidents have used tough language about adversaries," said Julian Zelizer, history professor at Princeton University. "The difference is how unscripted this is ... this is ad hoc and improvised, which most presidents have understood to be dangerous when nuclear weapons are involved."
Trump dismissed such criticism on Friday evening, as he answered more questions from reporters, and issued more threats.
"My critics are only saying that because it's me," Trump said. "We have tens of millions of people in this country that are so happy with what I'm saying because they're saying finally we have a president that's sticking up for our nation and frankly sticking up for our friends and our allies."
EDITOR'S NOTE — Jonathan Lemire has covered the White House and politics for The Associated Press since 2013.
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