In the latest in a series of dangerous behaviors that have escalated international tensions, North Korea last night successfully carried out its most powerful nuclear test to date, and claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted atop an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Today, Trump’s Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, spoke at a press conference, and referred to the leader of North Korea as “King Jong-un.” His name, of course, is Kim.
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Although this error is not of monumental proportions, of all people who should know Kim Jong-un’s name, it should probably be the United States Secretary of Defense who, in the same breath, promised that any threats from the North Korean President would be met with a “massive military response.”
Whereas Trump promised to “choose the best people” for his administration, the White House has instead been riddled with high profile departures and infighting. And, in this case, Trump has a Secretary of Defense who is unclear about the name of the man whom he just threatened to bomb.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.