Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) “said that the United States needs to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea in order to prevent the rogue nation from harming the U.S. first. … Hunter, a member of a House Armed Services Committee and the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the United States’ nuclear arsenal, did not say if the military should strike North Korea with conventional or nuclear weapons.” Hunter also called President Trump’s remarks at the U.N. on North Korea “‘great’ and not ‘wishy-washy.’” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
In response to Hunter’s comments, former Navy SEAL Josh Butner (D) said, “I know for a fact that we need real pathways to stability on the Korean Peninsula rather than reckless rhetoric that will only endanger the lives of Americans and our South Korean allies. It is time that the international community comes together in order to harness our collective power to let North Korea know that they stand alone against the peaceful nations of the world.” (release)
The district backed President Trump by 15 points in 2016, though Democrats are targeting Hunter, who is embroiled in an ethics investigation.