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Freshly returned from his vacation, President Trump wanted to let North Korean leader Kim Jong Un know he was back on the job in the most Presidential manner possible–by instigating a button-measuring game via Twitter.
When the DPRK leader said in a televised speech that the U.S. is “within the range of our nuclear strike and a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office”—Trump tweeted, “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
I’ll leave the verdict on whose button is truly bigger up to you, but I can tell you their egos are equally gargantuan by any measure. What’s disturbing is that the leader of the free world is provoking a nuclear-armed despot who is known for killing his own family members for far less than an offensive tweet. Kim is a coward and a tyrant. Maybe force is necessary to deal with the threat he poses, but this is not the way to handle the situation.
Not only is it terrible strategy, it’s absolutely embarrassing to have the man representing us erode our credibility as a Nation who claims to promote such far-fetched ideas as stability and diplomacy.