On Wednesday, Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe” told Ret. General Michael Hayden the former head of the CIA and NSA that an unnamed foreign policy expert who advised Donald Trump said that the Republican presidential nominee asked him severaltimes why the US can’t use its nuclear weapons.
— Morning Joe (@ Morning_Joe) August 3, 2016
Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump. And three times[ Trump] asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three hours he asked at one point if we had them, why can’t we use them?
This is a terrifying topic with an obvious answer: The US can’t use its nuclear weapons whenever it pleases because it would likely lead to the extermination of the globe.
America isn’t the only country with nuclear weapons. No rational leader with knowledge of their destructive capability would make the decision to use them on a whim.
A few moments before Scarborough fell this startling revelation, he asked Hayden what concerns him the most about Donald Trump. Hayden stated,
How erratic he is … He’s inconsistent, and when you’re the head of a global superpower, inconsistency, unpredictability, those are dangerous things. They frighten your friends and they tempt your enemies.
Trump’s question builds it seem like he has a lack of even a basic familiarity with foreign affairs( and the concept of nuclear deterrence ), and coincides with Hayden’s concerns about the real estate mogul becoming president.
— Ali Vitali (@ alivitali) August 3, 2016
This is hardly the first time Trump has seemed to exhibit a strong absence offamiliarity with foreign affairs. It’s not even the first time in the past week that something he’s said on this topic has attained headlines.
So, while we still need further confirmation on Scarborough’s startling claims considering Trump and nuclear weapons, we already have plenty of proof suggesting that the Republican nominee doesn’t seem equipped to handle the challenges of the presidency: especially when it comes to foreign affairs.
During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Trump said,
[ Russian President Vladimir Putin is] not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you are familiar with. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can set it down. You can take it anywhere you want.
But, as Stephanopoulos highlighted, Putin is already there, bearing in mind the fact that he annexed Crimea in 2014.
After his comments received criticism, Trump did what he usually does: He took to Twitter in an attempt to correct his mistake.
When I said in an interview that Putin is “not going into Ukraine, you can mark it down, ” I am saying if I am President. Already in Crimea!
— Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2016
In the past week or so, Trump has caused controversy over his response to a speech given at the DNC by the father of Captain Humayun Khan, a fallen Muslim American solider.
Amidst all this, Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson suggested that Khan’s death was Obama’s fault.
But President Obama did not vote for the Iraq War. He was a country senator in Illinois when the war began. Captain Khan died in 2004, long before Obama took the oath of office in January 2009.
Trump has also endlessly claimed he did not support the Iraq War before it began, despite proof to the contrary.
In September 2002 , not long before the war began( March 2003 ), Howard Stern asked the New York billionaire whether he supported the impending invasion of Iraq. Trump replied,
Yeah, I guess so.
This is why it’s pretty rich Trump claimed on Tuesday that he knows “far more” about foreign policy than President Obama.
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