Trump responded with a whiny fit about his critics when he was asked by reporters about criticism that his rhetoric towards North Korea is making the situation worse.
Transcript via The White House:
Q Mr. President, you’ve said you want to send a strong message to North Korea. What do you say to your critics who say that your rhetoric is actually raising the tension?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, my critics are only saying that because it’s me. If somebody else uttered the exact same words that I uttered, they’d say, “What a great statement, what a wonderful statement.” They’re only doing it — but I will tell you, we have tens of millions of people in this country that are so happy with what I’m saying — because they’re saying, finally we have a President that’s sticking up for our nation and, frankly, sticking up for our friends and our allies.
And this man will not get away with what he’s doing, believe me. And if he utters one threat, in the form of an overt threat — which, by the way, he has been uttering for years, and his family has been uttering for years — or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or anyplace else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast.
Trump’s problem is that tens of millions of people in the country might like what he is saying, but there are about 200-300 million who don’t. As usual, this president is playing to his small base and not thinking about the rest of the country.
No serious leader would respond to a question about their dangerous rhetoric by complaining about how unfairly they are treated.
Donald Trump is not mentally equipped for the presidency, and his basic instability is pushing the United States toward a military confrontation with North Korea.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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