“Simply put,” the lawmakers concluded, “there is no military solution to this problem,” and “diplomatic initiatives” must be pursued.

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The letter was made public as Trump doubled down on his North Korea remarks, suggesting that perhaps his statement wasn’t “tough enough.” Trump added that he hopes to increase the U.S. military budget “by many billions of dollars.”

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), in a statement accompanying the lawmakers’ letter, said he is “ashamed that our Commander-in-Chief is conducting himself in a reckless manner that endangers our troops stationed in Korea and our regional allies.”

“Trump must immediately cease talk of pre-emptive war—which must be authorized by Congress—and commit to the diplomatic path advocated by both American experts and the South Korean government,” Conyers concluded.

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