And for good measure Trump gives Rocketman a kick in the slats

You’ve got to love Donald Trump. He calls it how it is and he is certainly giving ‘Rocketman’ Kim Jong-un a good kicking at the moment:

US President Donald Trump has boasted that his nuclear button is “much bigger” and “more powerful” than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s.

Mr Trump’s tweet is the latest contribution to the bickering, increasingly personalised feud between the nuclear-armed leaders.

Mr Kim threatened earlier this week that his nuclear launch button was “always on my table”.

Unsurprisingly, Mr Trump’s unorthodox words sent social media into a frenzy.

It ended a quick-fire day of tweeting that included taking credit for a lack of airplane crashes, announcing awards for “corrupt media”, and threatening to pull aid from Palestinians who do not show “appreciation or respect”.

Mr Trump’s latest comment states the obvious: any US president has immediate access to the nuclear codes and the US has the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal.

North Korea claims it has nuclear weapons and could attack the US, but while analysts agree that Pyongyang has nuclear weapons, it is not clear whether it has the technology to use them in anger.

Just as the president’s unorthodox Twitter habits have puzzled observers in the past, the tweet is again redefining what’s considered a diplomatic or presidential tone.

Many people online have expressed alarm at the apparently light-hearted use of nuclear threats by world leaders.

As they used to say in the army, smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em.

Some of those nukes must be getting up to their use-by dates.

Trump is doing what super-powers should do with their power…projecting it and putting rogue states and despots on notice.

 

-BBC


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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