- A South Korean news report translated to English quoted a staffer on President Donald Trump's National Security Council who was said to have mentioned that a limited strike against North Korea "might help in the midterm elections."
- The news stoked fears that the US might be more serious about preemptively striking North Korea than previously thought.
- However, the source of the quote said that the staffer merely said something "to the effect" that a strike might score Trump some political points.
Foreign-policy experts and lawmakers were aghast following a South Korean news report that attributed to a staffer on President Donald Trump's National Security Council the suggestion that a limited strike against North Korea "might help in the midterm elections."
The alleged comment, which was sourced from a scathing opinion column published Friday local time in the South Korean newspaper Hankyoreh, intimated that Trump would consider a limited strike against the North Korean regime "as a way out of his domestic political crisis" in midterm elections.
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