Appearing at a press conference to brag about all the work his administration has done to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons in the world, President Obama said Friday that Donald Trump’s comments on said weapons made him a poor candidate for the White House.
Trump refused this week to take the nuclear option off the table when it comes to fighting ISIS, insisting that all possibilities should remain on the table. He also advocated for Japan and South Korea to build their own nuclear arsenal instead of relying solely on U.S. protection from China and North Korea.
Obama said that these comments revealed Trump as someone who “doesn’t know much about foreign policy, or nuclear policy, or the Korean Peninsula, or the world generally.”
He also said that other world leaders at the Nuclear Summit were concerned about Trump’s popularity. “Even those countries that are used to a carnival atmosphere in their own politics want sobriety and clarity when it comes to U.S. elections because they understand that the president of the United States needs to know what’s going on around the world,” Obama said.
When it comes to Trump’s surprising and provocative comments on nuclear weapons, you won’t find too many conservatives rushing to defend him. But President Obama may want to take a look in the mirror if he wants to see bad nuclear policy in action. Asked about rumors that Iran would be permitted access to the U.S. financial system, the president admitted that things were not going exactly as he’d hoped.
“Iran so far has followed the letter of the agreement, but the spirit of the agreement involves Iran also sending signals to the world community and business that it is not going to be engaging in a range of provocative actions that may scare business off,” Obama said.
Obama said that firing ballistic missiles with anti-Israel slogans written on them was not a great way for Iran to rejoin the international community, though he maintained that the deal was working.
That’s as reckless as anything Trump has said. Difference being – Trump is just talking. Obama’s carelessness has translated into real policy and it has set up a situation where Iran is poised to take over the Middle East. And whether they make it through a decade of nuclear compliance or not, they will be free to pursue the bomb when the terms of the deal are finished. Except now, they’ll have ten years of financial prosperity behind their efforts. If this is where “sobriety and clarity” has led us, those definitions must have changed at some point.