Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

As tensions with North Korea escalate, Trump retweets several comparisons with Obama

As tensions with North Korea escalate, Trump retweets several comparisons with Obama

Former President Barack Obama policy adviser Ben Rhodes responded to the president's tweets, writing that "it's literally impossible for Trump to have changed our nuclear arsenal in 6 months". When President Trump colorfully pointed out to North Korea's tinhorn Head Despot that his threats are intolerable, the usual spineless diplomats and American lawmakers expressed fearful alarm.

Others were more measured but were clearly skeptical of Trump's contention. The ambassadorship to South Korea also remains vacant.

Obama has always been a foil for Trump, who seems to rotate through perceived enemies every few weeks.

Starting on Wednesday night, the Republican president retweeted a series of Twitter posts related to his Democratic predecessor, starting with one by John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the United Nations and Fox News contributor, who said the United States is at risk because of Obama.

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Earlier on Wednesday, North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a usa military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group.

There was no obvious connection between this and the standoff with the USA, but North Korea has in the past attracted the attention of Washington, and visits by high-profile Americans, with the detention and release of United States citizens.

"You look what happened with Obama". In other words, Trump opted to discuss nuclear escalation with the same reckless abandon he's shown for crowd sizes, voter fraud, and phone calls from foreign leaders or the Boy Scouts. "It's about time. Somebody has to do it". In June, Obama denounced Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. He's lashed out at his national security council for presenting strategies in Afghanistan and against ISIS that aren't markedly different from the previous administration's.

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile able to strike the U.S. and has ignored all calls to halt its weapons programmes.

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During his Thursday press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, US President Donald Trump expressed his desire to "de-nuke" the world, calling nuclear weapons the greatest threat to humanity. "It's a mess. At home and overseas, a mess". The question President Trump raised on Wednesday is how it compares today to what the Air Force and Navy have deployed in the past.

Standing next to Polish President Andrzej Duda, Trump blamed Obama for Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, saying that he did nothing to counter their attempt to help Trump and damage Clinton. "Now the election was in November. He did nothing about it". He also retweeted an unofficial poll asking who was a better president.

America's vast arsenal of nuclear weapons - delivered via bombers and intercontinental missiles launched from land or sea - didn't disappear after the end of the Cold War. But what - where it wouldn't help is if we were to take in the action of fire and fury in response to a provocative statement being said where North Korea isn't actually going to be engaging in military action against us.

Manigault, now a White House aide, said "every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump" when he wins. "It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before".

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Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea Saturday, including banning exports worth over $1 billion. It said that was the most reasonable way to ease tensions and create conditions for new talks.


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