Hours after warning North Korea that it will meet "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if its leader, Kim Jong Un, continued to provoke the United States, President Trump said the US nuclear arsenal is "stronger than ever before". Pointing to his executive order to "renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal", he said that arsenal is "now stronger and more powerful than ever before".
Although Trump's retweet does not show that he is more popular than Obama, it does further reinforce the suggestion that he is "obsessed" with his predecessor. When I asked a spokesperson whether the company had thoughts about Trump's latest war games tweet, or just some general thoughts on whether politicians can use Twitter to threaten violence against other nations, I got the same response they dish out to journalists every time something like this happens: "We do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons".
"We'll probably be able to report that over the next week", Trump added.
Former Obama State Department Spokesman John Kirby praised President Donald Trump's national security team Thursday on CNN's "New Day", saying Trump is doing a "commendable job" forming an global coalition to deal with North Korea. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen". A July report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute notes that a new intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled to replace the Minuteman III in 2028, a next-generation ballistic submarine is expected to supplant the OH class in 2031 and the successor to B-52 bombers will become available in the 2030s and 2040s.
Given this background, Trump's belligerence is like poking a wasp's nest with a stick. Wednesday was the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki by the US.
He said the president's threat to North Korea was "like pouring gasoline on a fire". In an early morning tweet, he wrote: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".
Politics is performance, after all. An evangelical adviser, Texan pastor Robert Jeffress, confirmed that "God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un". This opinion piece ran as an editorial in The Press on August 11.