On Tuesday evening Trump tweeted that he had a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong Un and his “actually works.”
His tweet said, “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,” Trump added, “and my Button works!”
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
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s tweet on Wednesday, stating that it’s “just a fact” that trump’s nuclear button is “larger.”
Asked if Pres. Trump’s tweet that he had a bigger “nuclear button” than Kim Jong Un was taunting him, Press Sec. Sanders says “I think it’s just a fact.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 3, 2018
“I don’t think that it’s taunting to stand up for the people of this country,” Sanders said. “I think what’s dangerous is to ignore the continued threats.”
When a reporter pointed out that the president does not, in fact, have a nuclear launch button on his desk — as Trump had suggested — Sanders said that he was “very well aware” of the process for launching a nuclear strike.
“The president’s very well aware of how the process works and what the capacity of the United States is, and I can tell you that it’s greater than that of North Korea,” she continued.
In tweeting that the U.S. launch button was “much larger” and “more powerful” than that of Kim, Trump appeared to challenge the leader’s assertion that the world would have to accept as a “reality” that North Korea is a nuclear-armed state.
Trump’s tweet also increased once again the possibility of a confrontation with North Korea, an issue that has been raised multiple times over the past year amid advancements in Pyongyang’s weapons programs.
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