Lately there has been some increased rhetoric regarding the continued situation in North Korea. Earlier this week, President Trump announced that North Korea was back on the list of state sponsors of terror. During a public meeting at the Treasury Department, President Trump said, “Today the United States is designating the North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism” and added that it “[s]hould have happened a long time ago.”
President Trump has made it quite clear that he wants to “totally destroy” the regime in North Korea, boldly stating just that at a UN speech in September. Standing front and center on the world stage, the American President called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man,” as well as a series of other slurs better suited for a speech by a middle school preteen running for class president.
These latest announcements, though far more presidential, have done little to reassure. Many democrats are nervous that President Trump’s knee-jerk reactions and his obsession with turning the American preoccupation with all things Russia on to just about anything else (see Twitter posts on our fearless leader) hint toward some real instability in his character.
This week, Senator Chris Murphy called into question the presidential authority over nuclear weapon use. During this hearing, he stated, “We are concerned that the President of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests”.