Donald Trump sent a message to Little Rocket Man, not really aimed at his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
That message has liberals riled up, as usual.
Being nice to dictators is the liberal way, not the Trump way.
Excerpt from CNN
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday again mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should not bother trying to negotiate with him in an effort to stop the country’s development of nuclear weapons.
“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…” Trump said on Twitter.
He continued, “…Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”
CNN refers to Trump’s Tweets as “undermining” Tillerson. That’s a ridiculous characterization of the Tweets. Trump and Tillerson have been playing good cop/bad cop since Tillerson took office.
Trump’s tweets undermining his secretary of state follow his attacks Saturday on San Juan’s mayor over the Puerto Rico hurricane crisis and come a day after Tillerson said the US had direct lines of communication with North Korea and that he was trying to “calm things down” following months of escalating rhetoric over Pyongyang’s continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.
Tillerson, speaking at a press conference in Beijing, said the US made it clear through its direct channels to North Korea that it was seeking peace through talks.
“We’ve made it clear that we hope to resolve this through talks,” Tillerson said.
“I think the most immediate action that we need is to calm things down,” Tillerson added. “They’re a little overheated right now, and I think we need to calm them down first.”
Asked about Trump’s own rhetoric, Tillerson said the entire situation was “overheated.”
Trump’s tweets on Sunday seem to directly counter Tillerson’s stated goal to use direct communication to lower tension between the two hostile nations. The US and North Korea have ramped up their rhetoric about one another as Pyongyang continues to develop its nuclear weapons program.
Asked if the President’s tweets indicate he has decided to abandon the diplomatic track on North Korea, a senior administration official told CNN: “We are still committed to a diplomatic approach.”
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert tweeted about the US channels to the North Korean government shortly after Trump’s tweets Sunday.
“#DPRK will not obtain a nuclear capability,” Nauert tweeted. “Whether through diplomacy or force is up to the regime @StateDept.”
The most significant thing that Trump Tweeted is that Clinton, Bush, and Obama failed. Trump may fail too, if the goal is to disarm Rocket Man. Unless Trump has a surprise up his sleeve and not just Tweets.