During a White House press briefing on Wednesday, a smug reporter for NBC began bashing President Donald Trump over his actions on North Korea. However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was having none of it, and she promptly destroyed the liberal reporter with just six simple words.
We are just a few days into 2018, and already the press has come out swinging against President Trump. Meanwhile, tensions with North Korea have reached a fever pitch. Indeed, in a televised speech Monday, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un said, “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat.”
Trump responded via social media, tweeting, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
In September, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. Pyongyang tested a total of 23 missiles in 2017, including 15 that were nuclear-capable. The November launch of what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile flew farther than any of Kim’s previous tests — and the North claimed it could reach anywhere in the mainland United States.
However, analysts say that based on the current evidence it’s hard to prove or debunk North Korea’s claim that it can now hit faraway American targets such as New York or Washington.
Trump’s tweet across the bow Tuesday evening was part of a barrage of New Year’s posts chastising Iran, Pakistan and the Palestinian leaders. [Source: NBC News]
White House reporters attempted to trash President Donald Trump on Wednesday after his tweet to Kim, with NBC’s Kristen Welker asking Sarah Sanders, “You just said that people should question the mental fitness of Kim Jong-un, so then, isn’t it dangerous for the president to be taunting him on Twitter?”
“I don’t think that it’s taunting to stand up for the people of this country,” Sanders retorted. “I think what’s dangerous is to ignore the continued threats. If the previous administration had done anything and dealt with North Korea, dealt with Iran, instead of sitting by and doing nothing, we wouldn’t have to clean up their mess now.”
Unsatisfied, Welker fired back, “Sarah, it is a taunting tweet to say that he has a larger nuclear button than him.”
This was enough for Sanders’ liking, and she immediately shut their verbal assaults down, saying, “I think that’s just a fact.” She added that “the president is very well aware of how the process works and what the capacity of the United States is. And I can tell you that it is greater than that of North Korea.”
White House press secretary Sanders is correct. It is an indisputable fact that the United States’ nuclear capabilities far outweigh those possessed by North Korea. This was evidenced on Thursday as reports surfaced that Kim Jong-un had accidentally bombed one of his own cities nine months back.
What happens when a North Korean ballistic missile test fails in flight and explodes in a populated area? On April 28, 2017, North Korea launched a single Hwasong-12/KN17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) from Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province (the Korean People’s Army’s Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 447 in Ryongak-dong, Sunchon City, to be more precise). That missile failed shortly after launch and crashed in the Chongsin-dong, in North Korean city of Tokchon, causing considerable damage to a complex of industrial or agricultural buildings. [Source: The Diplomat]
If there’s anyone who has no business making threats, it’s the guy who accidentally bombed his own people. Coincidentally, none of the White House reporters wanted to talk about that this week. I think we all know the reason for that.