"Well, it depends on the nature of the threat, right?" he said on ABC's "This Week". "Kim Jong Un, the world always thought he was not a responsible leader; well, he's acting more responsible than this guy is". "And so this is why what Kim Jong Un is doing is very, very unsafe". "But we're closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster said.
Asked if that meant that he does not expect any future missile tests, Pompeo said he is "quite confident" that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un "will continue to try to develop a missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test".
McCaskill, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that while she's anxious about Trump's performance in high stakes negotiations with North Korea, she is confident in the missile defence systems that protect Guam and America's western coast.
On Friday Trump ramped up the military rhetoric even more by tweeting that "military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".
"There can be no question of blind loyalty to the erratic and belligerent Trump administration. That's the best message you can deliver to someone who's putting America at risk".
McMaster also said while poised militarily, the U.S. is exploring other avenues to confront the threat from Kim's weapons program. "A regime that poses a continuous threat to its neighbors in the region and now may pose a direct threat to the United States with weapons of mass destruction".
"He conducted two in July, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test".
"There's nothing imminent today", he said on "Fox News Sunday".
After the conference, Ellison told the Washington Post that he probably shouldn't have made his point that way and immediately knew it could be used as as attack against him.