Thursday 22 February 2018

Trump's wild rhetoric endangers the world

US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump


Those who felt that the world might be a safer place with Donald Trump out of the White House - if only for a holiday - have now found out just how wrong they were. The chilling warning from the 45th president of the US, intended to rein in North Korea's Kim Jong-un, was irresponsible to the point of recklessness.

His hyperbole and menace mirrored the worst of the North Korean despot's own diatribes. Mr Trump is the most powerful man on the planet addressing one of the most unstable. Instead of talking him down from a ledge, he will only have wound him up further.

Two things are worth remembering about Kim Jong-un: one, he craves attention and desperately wants to be taken seriously as a global player; two, he is a highly dangerous and cold-blooded killer with nuclear weapons. Mr Trump's flame-throwing rhetoric took account of neither.

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