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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump continued to escalate threats to North Korea late Saturday as he responded to their foreign minister with a warning “they won’t be around much longer” if the country continues provocation.
Trump took to Twitter just after 11 p.m. to respond to statements made earlier Saturday by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who said bombing the U.S. mainland was “inevitable.”
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Ri is currently in New York at the United Nations General Assembly and spoke on Saturday in a much-anticipated rebuttal to Trump’s message delivered on Tuesday in which he said the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies.
“Due to his lacking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring it to as a rocket,” Ri said, referring to Trump’s new penchant for referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man.” “By doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets’ visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.”
Kim and Trump have spent the better part of the last few months hurling insults back and forth at each other. Trump tweeted early Friday morning that Kim was “obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people.”
Ri referred to the president as “a mentally deranged person full of megalomania and complacency” in Saturday’s address.
The war of words has continued to escalate as North Korea advances its development of a nuclear weapon. The country has fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean in the past month. They also conducted a nuclear test on Sept. 3, with U.S. officials saying the country exploded a hydrogen bomb at an underground facility.
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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James lashed out at President Trump on Saturday on social media after the president said he was withdrawing his invitation to the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry to visit the White House.
James, in his tweet, referred to Trump’s comment that visiting the White House is “a great honor.”
“Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up,” Lebron wrote.
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
The three-time NBA champion later posted a two-minute video on Uninterrupted.com, a media outlet dedicated to giving athletes a platform to speak their minds, in which he criticized Trump, saying he “has tried to divide us once again.”
“He’s now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,” James said. “For him to try to use this platform to divide us even more is not something I can stand for and is not something I can be quiet about.”
James finished the monologue by encouraging “us to all come together. It’s not about a division. It’s not about dividing. We as American people need to come together even stronger.”
The president’s earlier tweet apparently was in response to Curry’s disclosure that he didn’t want to go to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
No formal White House invite had been made to the Warriors but championship teams often make such a visit. The Warriors, winner of the 2017 NBA championship, have been in discussions with the White House about whether to visit, ESPN reported.
“I don’t want to go,” Curry told the press Friday. “My beliefs stay the same.”
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Curry, the Warrior’s star shooter, has said it was important for the team “to understand the magnitude” of its decision of whether to visit the White House.
“Just like our country, every opinion counts and matters,” Curry said, according to ESPN.
“Based on the conversations we’ve had in the past and what people have said to the media, to each other, I know pretty much where everybody kind of stands on it,” he said. “But we want to respect the opportunity to represent not only ourselves, our own beliefs, but our organization because we’re obviously in this position because we won a championship and we did something special together. So for us to just really take the time to understand the magnitude of this decision and the right thing to do, the right way to go about it is important.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday that he expects the team to meet in coming days to decide whether to go. But after Trump’s tweet, the team posted a statement to Twitter on Saturday afternoon, saying, “We accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited.”
“While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise,” the Warriors said in the statement.
Statement from the Golden State Warriors: pic.twitter.com/6kk6ofdu9X
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) September 23, 2017
It added, “In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday evening he was “disappointed” the NBA champs wouldn’t be going to the White House, which he said was “a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the President.”
“More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues,” he added.
The NBA Players Association also supported the Warriors’ decision.
“The National Basketball Players Association defends its members’ exercise of their free speech rights against those who would seek to stifle them. The celebration of free expression – not condemnation – is what truly makes America great,” the union said in a statement.
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Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images(HUNTSVILLE, Ala.) — Despite delivering a meandering, hour-and-a-half-long speech that touched on the NFL, Kim Jong Un and his wife’s stilettos, President Donald Trump drove home the message he intended to bring t…read more