President Donald Trump’s unorthodox Twitter habit has kept some opponents awake at night fearing that he will bring about war with North Korea in under 280 characters. But UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has assured that Trump’s most recent headline-grabbing foreign policy tweet was actually on the money in regards to dealing with the volatile Kim Jong Un.
During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Haley argued that Trump’s, “I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” tweet was part of a strategy aimed at keeping Pyongyang guessing.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
“I think that he always has to keep Kim on his toes. It’s very important that we don’t ever let him get so arrogant that he doesn’t realize the reality of what would happen if he started a nuclear war,” Haley said.
Haley, who has emerged as one of the most vocal advocates and agents of Trump’s hardline foreign policy approach to problems like North Korea, emphasized the significance of posturing.
“We’re not going to let them go and dramatize the fact that they have a button right on their desk and they can destroy America,” she declared. “We want to always remind them: ‘We can destroy you too.’”
“It’s a serious situation, and he can’t sit there and imply that he’s going to destroy the United States without us reminding him of the facts and the reality that if you go there, it’s not us that’s going to be destroyed, it’s you.
While Trump suggested over the weekend that he had shifted gears toward a more diplomatic approach to handling North Korea, Haley noted that such an approach would be subject to numerous conditions.”
“Yes, there could be a time when we talk to North Korea, but a lot of things have to happen before that actually takes place,” she explained. “They have to stop testing. They have to be willing to talk about banning their nuclear weapons.”