Trump says he will speak with China's Xi about North Korea

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit

They suggest the U.S. and China, a North Korean ally, could work together to de-escalate the situation. President Trump keeps heating it up.

President Donald Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a "national emergency". Today he said maybe that threat wasn't tough enough. One golfer, a woman in a dark-pink miniskirt, said she's seen the president and his entourage pass by when she was sitting on a patio, adding: "It was surreal". He's a member of the House Foreign Intelligence Committee. Congressman, thanks so much for being here.

So we don't really know what prompted the president to change course, but a national emergency declaration is something the White House opioid commission had recommended. Do you think the president's language helps or hurts right now? "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" And what's important for him to understand is that there would be severe consequences if he was to launch a nuclear warhead at the United States. We know that they're having an impact.

BENNETT: Well, remember; the whole thing started after McConnell said the president's - to use his words - excessive expectations were partly to blame for the public perception that Republicans really haven't accomplished much despite the fact that they control all the levers of power in Washington. And he also wouldn't rule out a preemptive strike on North Korea.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: President Trump has basically drawn a red line saying that he'll never allow North Korea to have an ICBM missile that can hit America with a nuclear weapon on top.

The re-entry piece, the targeting piece - there are still unknowns as far as North Korea's ability. They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years. "I'll be the first to admit it".

CARDIN: Well, I - yes, absolutely, because what we need to do is get North Korea to negotiate a freeze of their program and ultimately, the elimination of their nuclear weapon program. Would Congress start the impeachment process if Trump pursues a military option in North Korea?

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ZELDIN: Well, if the North Koreans know that significant - I believe that what really triggered North Korea this week primarily was the action at the U.N. Security Council last weekend, that North Korea was going to be amping up their rhetoric and their threats this week solely based on the U.N. Security Council resolution, if not for anything else. He said that White House officials did not know about the president's statement in advance and believed that Trump wanted to send a message that he is tired of North Korea's acts.

MARTIN: Let me ask you on that in seconds remaining - are you convinced that China will stick to these sanctions?

"It's a call to order and a call to action", says Clay Stamp, head of Maryland's Opioid Operational Command Center.

MARTIN: Any more effort designed to put more pressure on China - targeting specific banks, targeting businesses that do business with North Korea?

He tells reporters the drug crisis afflicting the nation is a "serious problem the likes of which we have never had" and says he's drawing up documents "to so attest". To do that, we need to get the cooperation of China.

"It's a very big decision for me", said Trump.

ZELDIN: Thank you. Good morning.

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