President Trump scolded North Korea for being "Bad!" after it launched a ballistic missile on Friday.
In the same tweet from Trump on Friday, he also said the launch, which the U.S. military concluded broke apart in mid-air, "disrespected" China and its "highly respected" president, Xi Jinping.
North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2017
In a pre-recorded interview that aired Friday evening on Fox News, Trump said China is putting a lot of pressure on North Korea, likely referring to its nuclear weapons program.
"I have a lot of respect and I really like president president Xi," he said. However, Trump admitted: I don't know that he's going to be able to pull it off."
On Thursday, Trump warned there is a chance of "a major, major conflict with North Korea."
Trump made the comment in an interview with Reuters, one day after members of his national security team briefed all 100 senators with an update on the "urgent threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Trump added that solving the North Korea problem without armed conflict would be preferable, but that it would not be easy.
"We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult," he said.