Soon after the news that North Korea passed the milestone toward achieving a nuclear-armed ICBM broke Tuesday in The Washington Post, President Donald Trump said the US would respond to new threats with "fire and fury".
After highlighting Trump's tweet this morning about revolutionizing and modernizing the nuclear arsenal, Tapper chose to revisit some of Trump's past comments related to nuclear weapons.
The now deceased lawyer, who advised both the USA and Iranian governments during the 1981 hostage crisis, wrote of the nuclear codes: "My suggestion was quite simple: Put that needed code number in a little capsule, and then implant that capsule right next to the heart of a volunteer".
"We're going to be increasing our budget by many billions of dollars because of North Korea and other reasons having to do with the anti-missile [aspect]", Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. The latest available polls show us that 79% of people living in Europe do not trust Donald Trump.
Trump also said he hoped to "de-nuke the world", but asserted the United States would maintain its nuclear stockpile and capability until then.
On Aug. 8, North Korea warned that they may use the missiles in response to a new round of U.N. sanctions that the country says is meant to "strangle a nation".
The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.
Madeleine Z Bordallo, the US Congresswoman for Guam, said she was confident US forces could protect it from the "deeply troubling" North Korean nuclear threat.
It's not hard to argue that Trump's tweet is an indirect violent threat, though it's also not hard to argue that it's a simple statement about the defensive readiness of the United States military.
The top Democrat in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called Trump's "fire and fury" comments "recklessly belligerent".
Trump frequently attacked Obama even before he ran for president, but his criticisms of his predecessor significantly ramped up during the 2016 election, when Obama supported Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. The posturing plays well with an evangelical base that would not traditionally have backed a twice-divorced reality show host and property developer from New York City. With pastors like that, who needs warmongers?