WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump's adviser Sebastian Gorka, who has been accused in the past of having ties to far-right groups in Hungary, evoked the Holocaust in a recent radio interview on the crisis with North Korea.
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Gorka recalled a story he once heard from a Holocaust survivor who was in the Nazi death camps to explain Trump's policy toward North Korea, stating that “if a country threatens to annihilate you, you better take them seriously.”
“There's a quote that I use when I teach my courses on grand strategy from a survivor of the Holocaust who had his whole family wiped out in the death chambers of the concentration camps. He asked this elderly gentleman: ‘What is your one lesson learned from the horrors of the millions killed?’ He said that it's very simple: When a group of people repeatedly says they want to kill you, sooner of later you should take them seriously. North Korea has said they wish to annihilate the United States. Sooner or later someone should take them seriously,” Gorka said.
“The Clinton Administration did not do so. The Obama Administration did not do so. That stopped on January the 20th. We are not giving in to nuclear blackmail any longer, and China and Russia and every decent nation in the world agrees with us,” Gorka continued, in a reference to the date Trump was inaugurated.
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalated recently after Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any U.S. military action.
Trump responded by saying that North Korea "will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it threatened the United States again.