Trump turns to Fox News and Twitter as he continues to threaten North Korea

President retweets warning from defense secretary about US capabilities, as adviser Sebastian Gorka rejects Rex Tillerson’s attempt at reassurance

Donald Trump continued to trade threats with North Korea on Thursday, deploying a highly unorthodox combination of the conservative Fox News channel and Twitter to amplify the words of his defence secretary.

At 6.05am, the US president, working from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, retweeted a post from the morning show Fox and Friends, which he is known to watch regularly. It quoted the defense secretary, Jim Mattis, as saying: “The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack.”

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