Despite the confusion, Trump said, "there are no mixed messages" coming from the administration.
“It’s about time someone stood up for the people of our country,” he said, adding that his statements were backed up 100% by the military.
Trump said that China can do a lot more to help with North Korea, loosely implying that he would ease up on trade actions if China helped the US.
"We lose hundreds of billions of dollars a year on trade with China," Trump said. "They know how I feel. It's not going to continue like that. But if China helps us, I feel a lot differently toward trade."
He went on to criticize former president Bill Clinton for being "weak and ineffective" with North Korea, and former president Barack Obama for not wanting "to talk about it."
"North Korea better get their act together," Trump said. "They are going to be in trouble like a few nations have been in trouble in this world."
He also disagreed with Obama's statement that global warming is the greatest threat, adding that he would like to "de-nuke the world," and see other countries get rid of their nuclear weapons.
"Until such time as they do, we will be the most powerful nuclear nation in the world, by far," Trump said.
Earlier on Thursday Senator Marco Rubio called people's criticism of Trump's fiery rhetoric "ridiculous."
"They act as if North Korea would act different if he used nicer words," Rubio tweeted.
As tensions continued to escalate, the State Department on Thursday issued a travel warning advising US citizens to not travel to North Korea due to the "serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of US citizens."
Meanwhile in Australia, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised to join the fight if North Korea were to attack the US base at Guam.
"The United States has no stronger ally than Australia,” Turnbull told Melbourne radio station 3AW on Friday morning.
If North Korea attacked, Turnbull promised that the ANZUS treaty — the military alliance between Australia, New Zealand and the United States — would be invoked for only the second time since its signing in 1951.
“We have an ANZUS agreement and if there is an attack on Australia or the United States… each of us will come to the other's aid.”
Additional reporting from Brianna Sacks, Mark Di Stefano and Jim Dalrymple II.
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