"But if China helps us, I feel a lot differently toward trade", Trump added.
Pyongyang's media outlet said America was making "desperate efforts" to test weapons in the Korean peninsula.
Trump has been sniping at McConnell for several days on Twitter, a reaction to McConnell's earlier remarks that the president was new to Washington and doesn't realize how hard it is to pass legislation.
Indeed, just this morning Russian Federation and China floated again the idea of trying to broker some sort of dialogue between the USA and North Korea.
The regime was further angered by last week's United Nations decision to increase economic sanctions against it.
"We just didn't do it in public", she said.
The outside world needs to apply a different kind of pressure: a diplomatic and economic push for regime-led reforms, commercial investment, and reduced military spending.
"Hopefully it will all work out. Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump", he told reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey. But if that happens, we can not grouse anymore about diminishing U.S. leadership. This is where we think things could go very wrong. It was a standoff over North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear program, complete with trading threats of war and the safety of millions in the balance. But the military has plenty of assets in the region to mount a strike, a point Trump emphasized earlier in the day.
Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the US military was "locked and loaded", as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war and world powers expressed alarm.
As the war of words continued, the U.S. ramped up joint military exercises with Japan and South Korea and flew bomb B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula.
[Kim] has made clear to his people that a plan is under way to fire four ICBMs into the sea off Guam by mid-August.
It is in the joint interests of China and the United States to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula and to achieve its de-nuclearization, Xi said, it added.
Here are some of the other mixed messages we've heard since North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on 28 July.
When asked about USA military plans for a potential conflict, he said the country was ready, but he would not "tell the enemy in advance what I'm going to do".
Trump then says, "We're going to do a great job for you". The S&P 500 Index rebounded from its steepest drop since May, and the CBOE Volatility Index dropped 3.3%, after Thursday's 44% spike.
USA allies in the region reacted with alarm to the unusual response from Washington and senior US officials scrambled to play down his comments.
"It could happen", the president said. "North Koreans are not suicidal".
The crisis has gripped much of the region.
"I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for", Merkel said Friday, declining to say whether Germany would stand with the U.S.in a military conflict with North Korea. Japan moved missile interceptors into position after the Guam threat, the Nikkei newspaper reported. China, North Korea's only major ally, called on both countries to avoid the "old road" of escalating hostilities. "While the United States president insists on ramping up the war of words, there is a decreasing chance of any diplomatic solution".
"We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek the collapse of the regime", he said. Meanwhile, Russia, China and Germany voiced dismay at the escalating rhetoric from Pyongyang and Washington.
China, which has a long border with North Korea and uses the rogue nation as a buffer against having a united, US-backed Korea as a neighbour, has always been the key to controlling Mr Kim, and is the real target of Mr Trump's bellicosity.
Mr Calvo, a second-term Republican, said he had "never felt more safe or so confident" than with Mr Trump at the helm.
Carlin said North Korea's threat amounted to the regime saying: "We're going to put our missiles 25 or 30 kilometers offshore".
The continuing escalation of verbal threats by North Korea and harsh warnings from American officials has sparked questions about whether military conflict between the US and Pyongyang is possible, and if so, what it could look like.