Donald Trump proposed nuking North Korea during a meeting with aides and said the United States could blame the attack on another country, according to a book about his presidency.
Mr Trump is said to have made the remarks in 2017, his first year in office, when he was particularly belligerent in public comments about North Korea and warned Kim Jong Un in August of that year not to treat the US as they did any threat is “Fire and fury like the world has never seen before”.
The following month, in his first address to the United Nations, Trump doubled down on his efforts to tell the North Korean dictator he would “totally destroyed” his country and mockingly called him “Little Rocket Man”.
White House officials, led by Trump’s recently appointed chief of staff John Kelly, are said to have grown more concerned that the president’s private discussions are equally threatening.
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Michael Schmidt wrote in the epilogue to his new 2020 book, “Donald Trump V. United States,” that in the days after Kelly took office, Trump Mr Pu has been threatening North Korea on social media.
In a new chapter of the book to be published next week, The New York Times’ Washington correspondent adds: “What scares Kelly more than tweets is that Trump continues to speak behind closed doors in the Oval Office” if he wants to. Go to war. He idly discussed the idea of using nuclear weapons against North Korea, saying that if he took such an action, the government could deflect responsibility by passing it on to someone else. “
Mr Schmidt also told Sky News’ US partner NBC News, “People are deeply concerned that Trump will talk behind closed doors in front of his aides about the use of force against North Korea because of what Trump has said publicly. Indicates the possibility of military conflict”.
Kelly, the four-star general seen by many during his 19-month tenure as a moderating force for the president, noted that “it’s hard not to point the finger” after Mr Trump suggested subterfuge to disguise where the attack might come from. We,” according to the book.
Mr Trump continued to ratchet up tensions with North Korea in 2018, tweeting to Kim Jong Un: “I have a nuclear button, but it’s bigger and more powerful than his, and my button works!”
However, the following year, he became the first U.S. president to meet the North Korean foreign minister when the two held a summit in North Korea’s demilitarized zone.