President Trump’s response to North Korea’s nuclear threat is blowing up in his face.
Trump and his cabinet members flew in all directions Wednesday while contradicting each other on how the U.S. will respond to North Korea’s rising nuclear power.
Trump stood by tough talk — and questionable facts — in morning tweets warning the world about America’s arsenal.
“My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before…….Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!” he wrote in two tweets.
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His claims about the upgrade are dubious, since Trump has only been in office for seven months — not nearly enough time to renovate a load of about 4,000 nukes. This was also not even close to his first order.
Trump in April ordered a Nuclear Posture Review, a routine study of America’s nukes that typically takes months to complete. It was former President Barack Obama who began a modernization effort — and Obama also initiated a reduction of nuclear weapons to comply with a 2011 treaty with Russia.
Nuclear weapons expert Alexandra Bell called Trump’s claim “a total lie.”
Trump’s cabinet members, meanwhile, took pains to cool tensions.
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Defense Secretary James Mattis said North Korea should “cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people.” His words, while harsh, hinted that America would retaliate against actions from North Korea — not just threats, as Trump has said.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there is not “any imminent threat” from North Korea.
“Americans should sleep well at night,” he said.
“What the President is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un can understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language. I think the President just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S. unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies.”
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters, against all evidence, that the Trump administration was “speaking with one voice” on North Korea.
She also scolded the media for wanting to “obsess” over the possibility of imminent nuclear war.
Through it all, there was no indication the Pentagon had any immediate plans of action. And Trump, who is in the middle of a 17-day vacation, was spotted playing golf once again at his New Jersey course.
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea skyrocketed Tuesday after The Washington Post reported on an intelligence analysis revealing Kim Jong Un’s rogue nation could now make nuclear missiles, crossing a red line that has been feared for decades.
Trump responded by warning that North Korea would suffer “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it kept up its nuclear ambitions. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Trump improvised that line in front of reporters, stunning his unsuspecting aides.
North Korea fired back with threats to attack Guam, the tiny U.S. territory hosting a huge military base.
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