Earlier today, North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said that Donald Trump’s many recent threats against his country—including a comment that North Korea “won’t be around much longer” if it maintains its current path—were effectively a “declaration of war” and that the United Nations should remember that “it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country.” It’s pretty unsettling stuff, especially since the leaders of both the U.S. and North Korea are pretty unhinged, but the White House definitely doesn’t seem concerned about any of this. As reported by the L.A. Times, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the “declaration of war” thing by saying, simply, “We’ve not declared war on North Korea” and that “the suggestion of that is absurd.”
Her casual dismissal is probably more concerning than anything, especially since this administration is known for constantly lying about everything, but it’s also worth noting that only Congress—not the president—can formally declare war. That means Donald Trump could still be planning to personally murder everyone in North Korea and she’d still be telling the truth, effectively making it a meaningless statement. Basically, the whole administration is the worst, we’re all sick of this, and somebody should get Trump out of office before he really does start murdering people.