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Trump Plays Golf As North Korea Tensions Rise (Photo)

| by Jonathan Constante

President Donald Trump took to the golf course for a full 18 rounds shortly after his explosive "fire and fury" comments against North Korea.

Trump delivered the controversial statement on Aug. 8 ahead of a meeting on the opioid crisis in the United States, HuffPost reported. When told about new reports that North Korea was escalating its nuclear program, the president did not mince his words.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency, responded to Trump in a statement of their own on Aug. 9. The statement was attributed to Gen. Kim Rak Gyom.

“Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him,” the statement read, further saying that the president’s remarks are "a load of nonsense."

That same day, The New York Times reported that the president's comments on North Korea were improvised, and that the sheet of paper Trump appeared to be reading from was actually a fact sheet on the opioid crisis.

The comments reportedly caught Trump's new Chief of Staff John Kelly by surprise, and prompted serious conversations about the nature of the president's tone.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said that Trump's national security team was “well aware of the tone of the statement of the president prior to delivery.”

“The tone and strength of the message were discussed beforehand,” Sanders said, adding that the words Trump used “were his own.”

While the rest of the world scrambled to figure out what to make of Trump's latest headline-grabbing comments, the president appeared unfazed and played a game of golf with a companion, identified only as a New Jersey businessman by the Daily Mail.

According to the Daily Mail, the golfing companion posted an Instagram picture saying that his match with the president had gone "down to the 18th hole." The photo was posted on Aug. 10 by a known user who has since set their account to private.

Trump reportedly did not have is game officially disclosed by the White House.

Meanwhile, Gen. James Mattis issued his own statement on North Korea.

"The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons," Mattis said. "The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people."

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