On New Year’s Day, Kim Jong Un stated North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is a real threat and that he has a nuclear launch button on his desk at all times. Mr Kim said the entire US was within range of North Korean nuclear weapons, adding: “This is reality, not a threat.”
President Trump responded with the following tweet:
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
For the past 100 years, the United States has been one of, if not the most powerful nation in the world. In September of 1900, Teddy Roosevelt first used the African proverb “Walk softly and carry a big stick”. The meaning being to be modest and not boastful, but let your adversaries know you have the means to cause great damage. Besides prior to dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, US president have not boasted about our weapons or directly threatened other nations with their use. The strength of our military is well known, and has been proven often.
President Trump’s tweet showed his infantile nature. It was like a 5th grade boy showing his muscle on the school yard because nobody knew he had muscle. Trump has time and again proven he is not mature or refined, but this comment was dangerous and beyond childish. His tweet was condemned around the world.
North Korea’s official news agency responded to President Trump’s tweet describing it as the “spasm of a lunatic.”
“Trump’s bluff is regarded by the DPRK as just a spasm of a lunatic frightened by the might of Juche Korea and a bark of a rabid dog.” “The spasm of Trump in the new year reflects the desperate mental state of a loser who failed to check the vigorous advance of the army and people of the DPRK.”