* “North Korea better get their act together, or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble.” –President Donald Trump.
* “Things will happen to them like they never thought possible, okay?”–Donald Trump.
* “I don’t have any concern about inflaming anything. All the inflaming here is coming from this crazy guy in North Korea.”–Sen. Marco Rubio.
* “When you get close to the point of a fight, the one who is stronger and wiser should be the first to step back from the brink.”–Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
* “I don’t see a military solution, and I don’t think it’s called for. I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer.”–German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
* “Let her speak for Germany.”–Donald Trump.
* “There’s a lot of theater to this whole thing.”–Bob Carlin, former Northeast Asia chief for the State Department’s intelligence arm.
* “Now we have a president who reacts to braggadocio with an attempt to top it on his own side. He’s out there is territory he thinks is familiar, which is meeting exaggerated statement with exaggerated statement, convincing the other side that we’re tough, you’re going to fold.”–Retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair, former head of the U.S. Pacific Command and director of national intelligence.
* “Trump is a democratically elected strongman, and Kim is a fratricidal despot, but they both live in bizarro fantasy worlds where lying and cheating is the norm.”–Maureen Dowd, New York Times.
* “If China helps us (with North Korea), I (would) feel a lot differently toward trade.”–Donald Trump.
* “We’re only six months into the experiment with Trump. Some experiments are ended early for ethical reasons.”–Al Gore.
* “If there is one consistent thread through Mr. Trump’s political career, it is his overt connection to white resentment and white nationalism.”–Carol Anderson, Emory University professor and author of “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.”
* “I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in America today right at the door step of the White House and the people around the president.”–Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer.
* “I would urge the president to dissuade these (white nationalist) groups that he’s their friend.”–Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
* “They shouldn’t be claimed as part of a base. Call it for what it is–it’s evil. It’s white nationalism.”–Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado.
* “Investors may be a little more cautious in treating the dollar as safe haven.”–Jeremy Cook, chief economist at World First, on how volatility in Washington is making the dollar less appealing on the financial markets.
* “Country, president, self.”–Outtakes from a pep talk to White House staffers by Chief of Staff John Kelly reminding them of their priorities.
* “As chaotic and dysfunctional as (the Trump White House) looks from the outside, from my experience with Sarah Palin, I know what’s known and discussed publicly is usually just the tip of the iceberg. … Only Donald Trump’s White House could make the Bush years look like the golden age of presidential history.”–Nicolle Wallace, political analyst and anchor for MSNBC and a former Republican communications strategist who worked for George W. Bush, John McCain and Sarah Palin.
* “The left is coming for us.”–Adam Putnam, at a Republican Party state gathering in Orlando.
* “They have modern buildings … and they are key players in Pentagon operations around the world, and thus extremely unlikely to be moved.”–Former Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi, explaining why MacDill Air Force Base is in good shape to weather the next round of base closings.
* “Our business community is behind (a transit fix). The political community is mixed and not there yet.”–Jeff Vinik.
* “Nothing is more urgent. If people can’t get off the roads to get in or out of the airport, that’s a critical problem.”–Al Illustrato, executive vice president of facilities and administration at TIA.
* “It’s time for us to rethink magnet altogether, and all schools altogether.”–Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins.