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After Trump threatens North Korea with 'fire and fury,' Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough reminds viewers that he warned them

After President Trump vowed Tuesday to meet North Korea with "fire and fury" if the country's nuclear threats continue, Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough took a moment to tell America "I told you so." When Scarborough saw Trump's "chilling words," he said he "couldn't help but go back" to a Morning Joe discussion from Aug. 3, 2016, in which he and co-host Mika Brzezinski had explicitly warned America about the dangers of putting Trump near nuclear weapons.

In the clip from last August, Scarborough recounted how Trump had asked "three times" during an hour-long briefing about the use of nuclear weapons. At one point, Scarborough claims Trump went so far as to ask "if we have them, why can't we use them." "Be careful America and be careful Republican leaders," Brzezinski said.

Perhaps most unsettling in light of Trump's recent threat was Morning Joe's prior discussion about the "time frame" between a decision to use nuclear weapons and when those weapons would be launched. Former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden told Scarborough and Brzezinski that the nuclear weapons system "is designed for speed and decisiveness." "It's not designed to debate the decision," Hayden said.

Watch the warning that Morning Joe issued last year below, and head over to Mediaite to watch Scarborough relive it Wednesday. Becca Stanek