"You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there", said Ellison (D-Minn.).
Bookmaker Paddy Power has slashed the odds on the possibility of the world ending this year from 500/1 to 100/1, implying the likelihood is five times higher now that President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are exchanging heated threats. "Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy".
"North Korea is a serious thing", the Minnesota Democrat said during a question-and-answer session at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta on Friday. "So if you don't want to get caught, deer-in-the-headlights, start calling for diplomacy in North Korea immediately".
"That was one of those I wish I'd not said", Ellison explained. "It's tailor-made for somebody to misuse".
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"I think that the president unfortunately has elevated [North Korean Supreme Leader] Kim Jong-Un now", McCaskill told the crowd, according to the Daily Journal Online.
"We are working with the U.S. and our partners in the region to bring this crisis to a diplomatic end".
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.
The Republican National Committee took issue with Ellison's analysis of the two political leaders. Michael Ahrens, the RNC's rapid-response director, sent the video of Ellison's comment to reporters, calling it "insane" and and challenging Democrats to respond.