Dem Rep Scolds Trump for Dangerous Tweets as North Korean Nuclear Tensions Escalate

Dem Rep Scolds Trump for Dangerous Tweets as North Korean Nuclear Tensions Escalate

With tensions ratcheting up yet again with the rogue nation of North Korea, this time the result of a hydrogen bomb test estimated to be 5-10x the strength of previous nuclear tests,  the world watches and waits anxiously to see how our notoriously temperamental president will respond.

THIS STANDOFF WITH NORTH KOREA IS GETTING TERRIFYING

Trump recently raised eyebrows with his comments suggesting that any more nuclear tests or threats from North Korea would be met with “fire and fury”, and his habit of provoking the leader of the hermit Kingdom, Kim Jung Un, on Twitter is unsettling for those seeking to de-escalate an already tense situation.

In a Sunday interview with ABC news Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) criticized the president for his reckless words and actions, particularly his use of social media.

“I don’t think that it’s helpful to get into a Twitter shouting match with a 32-year-old dictator, Kim Jong Un, in North Korea. I think unfortunately that it’s escalated the tension in the situation,”

he said.

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“And he needs to let his diplomats, and his military generals and others, handle this situation,”

Castro added.

North Korean state television announced on Sunday that a test of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb capable of fitting on an intercontinental ballistic missile was a success. For decades, since the end of the Korean war, the Kim dynasty has made the United States its perennial foe, using the threat of American invasion as a means to govern its people and implement a brutal regime of authoritarianism.

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Pyongyang in recent weeks has launched several missiles.

Cooler heads will prevail

Donald Trump’s propensity to make incendiary claims is problematic in all aspects of governing, but particularly in foreign policy. In order for the world to manage delicate and dangerous situations such as the one on the Korean peninsula, the United States must be clear-minded and level-headed in its leadership. At the very least, as Representative Castro reminds us, the president should avoid using Twitter to flame volatile young dictators with nuclear weapons.

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Rio Tazewell is a Washington, DC based coalition organizer/campaign manager at a progressive advocacy organization, where he works to confront corruption in its many forms, particularly the influence of money in politics. Previously he has helped launch startups focused on civic engagement, sustainability and grassroots advocacy. He also enjoys writing and recording political hip hop. All views are his own.

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Rio Tazewell is a Washington, DC based coalition organizer/campaign manager at a progressive advocacy organization, where he works to confront corruption in its many forms, particularly the influence of money in politics. Previously he has helped launch startups focused on civic engagement, sustainability and grassroots advocacy. He also enjoys writing and recording political hip hop. All views are his own.

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