U.S. Rep. Alma Adams said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s tough words about North Korea “probably added some fuel to the fire.”
On Tuesday Trump said North Korea’s nuclear threats would be “met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
“I’m not sure if that was the right thing to say,” Adams said. “I think it probably added some fuel to the fire… I hope this whole thing with North Korea is not an ego thing for him.”
Adams, a Democrat whose 12th District comprises most of Mecklenburg County, made the comments during an hour-long Facebook Live event with the Observer.
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She also talked about federal efforts to provide help with affordable housing and transportation and pitched an increase in the minimum wage – to as much as $20 an hour.
Adams said Trump “has done more to divide the country than he’s done to bring us together which is what he said he was going to do.”
One reader asked whether she supports an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment by finding the president mentally unfit to hold office.
“Just looking from the outside in, I think he does have some problems,” Adams said. “When presidents are elected they have to go through a physical. I would think they should have to go through not only a physical … but a mental kind of evaluation as well.”
Adams also proposed a higher minimum wage.
As a legislator, she won a fight in 2006 to raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.15. In Congress she has backed legislation that would eventually raise the federal minimum – now $7.25 – to $15 an hour.
Wednesday, she suggested that isn’t high enough.
“You can’t survive on $7.25,” she said. “You’re gonna need at least $20 an hour, $18 to $20 an hour.”