A recently updated book about Donald Trump sheds a frightening light on the disgraced former president’s approach to foreign relations and his desire for war.
According to New York Times correspondent and author Michael Schmidt, who has updated his 2020 book, Donald Trump v. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President, with new information, Trump was vocal about wanting to provoke war by launching a nuclear attack on North Korea – and blaming another country.
The former president “cavalierly discussed the idea of using a nuclear weapon against North Korea,” Schmidt’s book says, highlighting how close the nation, under Trump, came to causing a nuclear war, adding that “if he took such action, the administration could blame someone else for it to absolve itself of responsibility.”
Schmidt’s book highlights how close the nation, under Trump, came to causing a nuclear war, but unfortunately, this news isn’t as shocking as it should be.
What is surprising, however, is that Trump considered nuking the country whose leader the ex-President has publicly praised.
“His country does love him. His people, you see the fervor. They have a great fervor,” Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during the 2018 Singapore Summit, Vox reported.
Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly Schmidt’s book highlights how close the nation, under Trump, came to causing a nuclear war. . Going so far as to bring in military leaders to explain the consequences of attacking the communist-ruled country.
“The argument about how many people could be killed had ‘no impact on Trump.’ Nor did the threat of economic blowback.” – Schmidt
Trump has suggested bombing other countries at late as 2022, which makes these recent revelations all the more plausible.
Shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded its neighbor Ukraine nearly a year ago, Trump – no longer in office – floated the idea of bombing Russia with planes bearing the Chinese flag to instigate fighting between the two countries.
According to Vanity Fair, former defense secretary Mark Esper confirmed that on multiple occasions, the ex-President asked about shooting missiles into Mexico in an attempt to destroy drug-making laboratories.
“No one would know it was us,” Trump said.
The former President’s obsession with attacking independent nations without provocation, and blaming it on other countries, would be funny if it not so dangerous.
Thankfully there was someone working in the White House with the wherewithal to stand up to Trump’s reckless desires.
President Joe Biden has been working to rebuild relationships with our allies and reestablish the United States’ reputation on the world stage – but he’s still got a ways to go.
Original reporting by Bess Levin at Vanity Fair.
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