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My nuclear button’s bigger: Trump responds to Kim Jong Un

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U.S. - Days after the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un threatened the U.S. and warned that his nuclear launch button was “always on my table,” U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the threat.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday that his nuclear button is "much bigger" and "more powerful" than Kim Jong Un's.

Trump's statement came as part of a feud with Kim Jong Un, which has turned increasingly personalized.

Trump's unorthodox words sent social media into a frenzy on Wednesday and ended a quick-fire day of tweeting for the President, in which he took credit for a lack of plane crashes, announced awards for "corrupt media" and threatened to pull aid from Palestinians for failing to show "appreciation or respect.”

Many questioned Trump’s latest tweet is again redefining what is considered a diplomatic or presidential tone.

Trump tweeted, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

In response to the President’s tweet, Jim Himes, a Democrat representative from Connecticut and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said, "I guess the president regards this as a show of strength. But, as everybody who's ever been in a... first grade playground recognizes, it's usually the person who's most aggressively pounding their chest that is in fact the weak one on the playground."

Further, Eliot A Cohen, who advised the Republican former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said the latest tweet was childish yet deadly serious.

Cohen said, “Spoken like a petulant ten year old. But one with nuclear weapons - for real - at his disposal. How responsible people around him, or supporting him, can dismiss this or laugh it off is beyond me.”

Meanwhile, Former Democratic political operative, Neera Tanden said, “I had to just reassure my teen-age daughter not to panic about nuclear war with North Korea because she read Trump’s tweet. I’m so filled with rage at Donald Trump.”

Several social media users argued that Twitter should not allow "calls for nuclear war" to be broadcast on its platform.

One user said, “Hey @TwitterSupport, is it against your terms of service to provoke nuclear war with North Korea here? Don't you guys have a button that's even bigger than Donald Trump's that you can use to shut this down?”

Trump's supporters however came out in support of the President’s statement, defending him>

They said his comments were both factually accurate and showed American strength and resolve.

One user said, “Press OUR Big Button Trump!!! Its about time you show North Korea who the USA is!!!”

Another tweeted, “For those critical of @realDonaldTrump, where was your criticism when the previous administration remained silent while Kim Jong Un developed nuclear weapons?? Some times, the lion has to roar and remind everyone that he is king. #MAGA”

Meanwhile, through the day as the debate over the appropriateness of the President’s statements continued both online and offline, experts argued that the real process of launching a nuclear attack does not involve any button-pressing.

In such a situation, after high-level consultations, the president would exchange codes with top military officials. 

They are printed on a card known as "the biscuit", which he carries wherever he goes.

According to the U.S. media, Trump’s desk does, however, have a button that orders someone to bring him a Diet Coke

 

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