Could US President Donald Trump's Twitter account be suspended for "threatening violence" against North Korea? Like many of his most noteworthy prevarications (including many that have been judged suitable for Alternative Fact of the Week honors in this space), it was launched early in the morning on Twitter.
Ironically, much of the modernization was set in motion under President Barack Obama, who was a lifelong opponent of nuclear weapons, negotiated New START and became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first nuclear attack by the United States in World War II. As president, Trump has shown a distinct capacity for ignoring experts.
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Here's a hint: Nobody believes that. The question President Trump raised on Wednesday is how it compares today to what the Air Force and Navy have deployed in the past. After his infamous "fire and fury" off-the-cuff remark Tuesday, President Trump apparently thought he ought to impress President Kim with the quality, and not just quantity, of nuclear weapons the United States has at its disposal and take some personal credit for them, too.
The official added, "He won't even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate".
Duterte wants North Korea to be Asean's dialogue partner
One is that if the Communist regime in Pyongyang falls it could undermine the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party too. South Korea's former foreign minister, Yun Byung-se, also talked briefly with Ri at the same forum a year ago.
The reality, of course, is that he's done nothing of the kind.
In response to questions from reporters, the White House pointed to Trump's January 27 executive order calling for a "Nuclear Posture Review". The spread of fallout, and the threat of a spiral of attacks that could bring about a "nuclear winter", all but guarantee that Americans would share in the suffering and loss of a nuclear exchange on the Korean peninsula or anywhere in the Pacific.
Any recent upgrades to the arsenal are the result of Obama-era initiatives that authorized $1 trillion in nuclear spending over the next 30 years. However, far more care was taken with the Gallup poll to ensure the sample was a reliable one.
The really weird thing about Mr. Trump's ridiculous claim is that it was wholly unnecessary. 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".