(RNS) God has given President Donald Trump the “authority to take out Kim Jong-Un,” according to the Rev. Robert Jeffress, one of the president’s evangelical Christian advisers.

Jeffress’ statement on Tuesday (Aug. 8) followed the president’s warning earlier in the day that North Korea would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if the North Korean leader continues to threaten the United States.

The Texas pastor released his statement as tensions between the two nuclear powers escalate, and as Democrats and some Republicans criticized Trump’s remarks as reckless.

For the first time last month, North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic

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