My nuclear button is 'bigger and more powerful' – Trump

My nuclear button is ‘bigger and more powerful’ – Trump


US President Donald Trump has said 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 long, bickering 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 tweet has sent social media into a frenzy.
Mr Trump’s tweet 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 use them in anger.
Mr Trump and Mr Kim have a colourful history of name-calling.
Mr Kim earlier this year denounced the US president as a “dotard”, while Mr Trump has developed the nickname of Little Rocket Man for the North Korean strongman.
Just as the president’s unorthodox Twitter habits have puzzled observers in the past, the latest message is again redefining what’s considered diplomacy or presidential tone.
Many people online have expressed alarm at the apparently light-hearted use of nuclear threats by world leaders.
But Mr Trump’s supporters have defended him, saying his comments are both factually accurate and show American strength and resolve.
However, much of the social media comment has also refocused on Mr Trump’s apparent fixation with size.
During his presidential campaign, he had a long-running spat with Marco Rubio over the size of his hands.
At the time, Mr Trump insisted: “He referred to my hands – ‘if they are small, something else must be small’. I guarantee you there is no problem. I guarantee”.
This connection was not missed by social media users.
So far, the only button on Mr Trump’s desk the world knew about was one that orders a Diet Coke to be brought to his room.
At least that’s what several US media reported after seeing said button in action during interviews. – BBC


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