In 140-Character Posts, Trump Manages to Threaten North Korea & Insult China

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In President-elect Donald Trump’s latest foreign policy blunder, he took to Twitter, 140 characters at a time, to lash out at North Korea and China over nuclear weapons.


Mr. Trump began his tirade with a tweet that read,

“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!”

Kim Jong Un, North Korean dictator, stated in his New Year’s address that North Korea’s plans to launch a missile are close to reaching fruition. According to CNN, Kim said,

“Research and development of the cutting-edge tech weapons are actively progressing and strengthening our defense capabilities, including last stage preparation of tests for intercontinental ballistic rocket launch have been continuously succeeding.”

As is usually the case, Trump used vague, unclear language in his tweet — making it almost impossible to decipher what he meant by “It won’t happen!” Furthermore, it’s unknown whether or not Mr. Trump will attempt to coordinate his statements with the Obama Administration.

The U.S. Department of Defense responded to Kim’s speech with a statement. In the statement, they emphasize the fact that “multiple UN Security Council resolutions explicitly prohibit North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology… We reaffirm our ironclad commitments to defend our allies utilizing the full spectrum of U.S. extended deterrence capabilities.”

Trump sent out a follow up tweet to his North Korea threat roughly 42 minutes later — this time, he directed it at China.

“China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!”

It seems that the American public is now discovering just how accurate Mr. Trump’s many detractors during the campaign and Republican foreign policy experts were in saying that he doesn’t have the knowledge or temperament to serve as commander in chief.

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