Trump and VP Mike Pence just proved Hillary Clinton right: whether or not you have the temperament to be president absolutely does matter.
Tensions between North Korea and the United States have been mounting for months now, prompted by President Trump.
Trump has continuously threatened North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-un, whom Trump has previously called Rocket Man.
Trump has protested diplomatic solutions to the issue, reportedly saying that he wishes his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, would be tougher on the issue rather than pursuing talks.
At the United Nations last month, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if they continued to do missile launches in defiance of the international community. Both Jong-un and Trump have made it clear that taking this issue to war is absolutely an option.
What's Happening Now:
That war might be closer than we think, as Vice President Mike Pence just told the U.S. troops to “stay sharp” and “be ready”, according to The Hill.
Pence was speaking to soldiers at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, which Pence said might be of use again sometime soon. The base houses 26 B-52 bombers and 150 intercontinental ballistic missile sites.
According to The Hill:
“Anyone who would threaten our nation should know that America always seeks peace, but if we are forced to defend ourselves or our allies, we will do so with military power that is effective and overwhelming. And those gathered here at Minot Air Force Base will play a critical role again,” he (Pence) said.
Pence has apparently taken Trump's hard approach to the issue, but other members of the cabinet have kept a softer tone.
Tillerson wants to pursue talks. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who also spoke to troops but in South Korea, said the United States is doing everything it can to resolve the North Korea issue through diplomatic means rather than force.
Both Mattis and Pence did emphasize that Trump has made it clear that any option is on the table. Pence took a harsher tone, using words like abandon and demand, in line with Trump's rhetoric.
Mattis instead said that diplomatic forces must ultimately be backed up by the military, leaning towards war being a last resort, whereas Trump has seemed almost enthusiastic about the possibility, and America “winning” again.
More of Trump's rhetoric might be coming soon, since on Friday he will embark on a 12-day trip to Asia. He has not ruled out the possibility of visiting the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.
Trump has failed to handle the situation like a level-headed president would, and it may cost this country a lot.
Trump, who has spent the last few days moaning on Twitter about the Russia investigation and how much money it costs to cover up those around him who have been connected to misdeeds, has failed to talk about the immense cost a nuclear war would bring, not only in monetary means but in loss of life.
Apparently, that taxpayer money or risk being on the line hasn't motivated him to get his act together.
H/T: The Hill