"You guys know what this represents?" he asked.
However, despite Trump's truculence, the source said the behind-the-scenes contacts with North Korea have resumed although they remain fragile amid concerns that Trump may again take to Twitter with more threats and insults - and again put the intermediaries in a no-man's-land facing angry North Koreans leaders doubting the honesty and integrity of individuals supposedly representing the us government. "Could be the calm, the calm before the storm".
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also declined to elaborate, saying Friday, "We're never going to say in advance what the president will do". The cameras clicked and they smiled.
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The United States is now in a diplomatic crisis with North Korea - one in which both nation's leaders have threatened the other's country with annihilation.
Another reporter questioned Mr Trump further and asked him if his statement was in reference to Iran or Isis, to which he replied: "We've got the world's greatest military people in this room".
Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid.
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During his speech to the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump said the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if needed to defend itself or USA allies. We can not allow this dictatorship to threaten our country or our allies with unimaginable casualties. We will do what we must do to prevent that from happening. If necessary, believe me, "he said".
The comments come after Mr Trump fell under fire during a visit to the USA territory earlier this week where he joked that recovery costs after Hurricane Maria had thrown his budget "out of whack" and compared the devastation to a "real catastrophe" like 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
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"Moving forward, I also expect you to provide me with a broad range of military options, when needed, at a much faster pace".