The words "president trump" are an oxymoron.
Presidents don't heat up the rhetoric with North Korea, threatening a nuclear preemptive strike.
But dt does.
By tossing out words like "fire and fury" and "the likes of which this world has never seen," the prez terrified many and set off a search for whether anyone had given him these words, approved them, or even known how recklessly he would speak.
The answer is in the New York Times today. Thank you Glenn Thrush and Peter Baker. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/politics/trump-north-korea.html
dt's words on August 8 were "improvised," "offhand."
They were poorly timed as the world recalls the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and Nagasaki on August 9. dt made no respectful reference to the more than 200,000 lives lost that August and in the immediate four months afterward.
Other presidents speak about delicate issues from a prepared statement. He glanced down at what appeared to be talking points on the table before him, but the sheet was about the opiod crisis.
General John F. Kelly, his new chief of staff, is chaperoning dt on his summer vacation in New Jersey but was not able to prevent this mouthing off.
In fact, "Mr. Trump seemed pleased with the uproar caused by his remarks," note Thrush and Baker.
They report that White House sources say the prez "has used the phrase [fire and fury] repeatedly in private to express his anger at North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons."
They note the similarity to young Stephen Miller's "end-of-days" language. If there was any intended similarity to President Harry S. Truman's statement after dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, it had to come from Miller. He could have planted the seed in dt's fertile brain.
Truman said then, "If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth."
Thank you to Newsweek for its full text of Truman's words and comparison to dt's words.
The president of the United States of America is spreading fear--in fact, terror.
He is a terrorist. He fits the definition above except for the word "unlawful." dt uses unwise violence and intimidation, but so far his violence is limited to staged pounding next to a boxing ring.
May he never unleash nuclear warfare.