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President Trump recently stated that his attitude on North Korea is "the one that matters" after being questioned about the conflict between his hardline view on North Korea and Secretary of States Rex Tillerson's more diplomatic solution.
This comes after the president threatened to destroy North Korea before shouting down Rex Tillerson's diplomatic attempts a "waste of time."
However, while it may be true that his opinion is the one that matters, according to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research most Americans think that this attitude is making things with North Korea worse.
Out of the survey recipients, 65 percent of people think that the way Trump has handled the situation has made things worse while only eight percent of people say his comments have made things better.
In terms of the overall situation, according to the survey four in ten Americans are also concerned about the safety of where they live.
Not all the criticism for the situation is being layed on President Trump, though, as seventy-five percent of Americans also say that comments from the North Korea leader have been detrimental.
The President has been very vocal in his criticism of North Korea that some people have claimed have raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
But what has he actually said?
High profile comments include his speech to the U.N. where he called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Little Rocket Man" before adding "if the United States is forced to defend itself and its allies, it will have no choice but to destroy North Korea."
He has also been very vocal in a number of tweets including one only a few days ago which included the ominous statement "Only one thing will work" and another that seemed to threaten an end to North Korea.
...hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
While the "only one thing will work" tweet was perhaps a little vague, it didn't take long for someone from the White House to confirm that Trump was indeed talking about military options.
While the results of the survey clearly show that people are worried, it isn't only American citizens that are worried about Trump's actions.
As well as the skepticism showed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who told reporters that he wanted to calm things down between the U.S and North Korea, other politicians have also spoke out.
In fact, in a recent interview with Vox Media, Senator Chris Murphy suggested that people should start taking the President's threats more seriously and that there had been "changes in tone" in the Department of Defense.
Duncan Elder email@example.com