WATCH: Trump Doubles Down on ‘Fire and Fury’ Warning to North Korea: ‘Maybe It Wasn’t Tough Enough’

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks before a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Aug. 10, 2017. Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump doubled down on his “fire and fury” warning to North Korea, suggesting that it was not tough enough.

Trump pushed back against critics, including including Republican Sen. John McCain who said that his  “fire and fury” comments earlier this week were too forceful. Trump responded: “Maybe it wasn’t tough enough.”

They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years,” the president said of North Korea. “It’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, that statement wasn’t tough enough.”

Upon hearing that a reporter asked him what is tougher than threatening “fire and fury,” Trump responded: “You’ll see. You’ll see.”

“If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attacking anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,” Trump said.

In response to the President’s statements today, North Korea released a new statement vowing to “mercilessly wipe out the provocateurs”, and saying that the  US would suffer a “shameful defeat”