U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said a discussion with former Vice President Dick Cheney regarding North Korea and rogue dictators was 'enlightening.' (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he has long dismissed North Korea's leader as a 'nut job' but says a discussion that House Republicans had Tuesday night with former Vice President Dick Cheney convinced him that North Korea can't be ignored.
"It was an enlightening discussion about how a rogue nation and a rogue leader like Kim Jong Un can really wreak havoc if he decided to even think about moving forward with his threat of force," Davis said.
According to CNN, Cheney told GOP leaders during a closed-door meeting Kim Jong Un is unpredictable and referenced his past experience with Saddam Hussein.
A North Korean missile test could come any day. That's the warning from a South Korean Defense Ministry official, who says the North has completed preparations for such a test.
Davis said he's surprised there hasn't been a stronger military buildup in China, Japan and other nations that North Korea would be more likely to reach in a missile attack.
Congressional negotiators say they're close to working a deal on gun control legislation that would require background checks for purchases at gun shows and online. Davis said such a approach misses the mark.
"This is just short-sighted to tackle one side of an equation that is meant to prevent future tragedies like Newtonwn, Aurora and others I don't see how any piece of legislation they put forth is going to do that," Davis said.
Davis said he wants to see a gun control measure that addresses mental health.
Davis said he gives President Obama credit for sticking to a promise he made to Republicans to reduce the growth in the government's biggest benefit programs, Social Security and Medicare.
"I will tell you, that surprised me. I've got to give him kudos for for sticking with what he said to us and not just acquiescing to his party," Davis said.
President Obama unveils a 2014 budget today that includes an additional $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade. The $3.77 trillion spending blueprint he's sending to Congress proposes raising
taxes on the wealthy and trimming benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare.
Eric Stock can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.