The last thing I want to think about, is the republican President Donald J. Trump having easy access to the nuclear button, but his impulsiveness, his acting out of anger without a second thought as to any consequences, give me an uneasy feeling.
Recent reported developments give me pause:
1.) As per 8/23/17 Washington Post article by Rachel Chason, “James R. Clapper Jr., former national intelligence director, questioned President Trump’s fitness for office following his August 2017 freewheeling speech in Phoenix which Clapper labeled “downright scary and disturbing.”
“I really question his ability to be — his fitness to be — in this office,” Clapper told CNN’s Don Lemon. “I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it.”
“In Trump’s remarks, the president threatened to shut down the government over funding for the border wall he promised, opined that the North American Free Trade Agreement will likely be terminated.”
2,) The republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee has earned the respect of his peers to where he had been appointed to key positions, like Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Recently he announced the news that he will not be running for re-election in 2018 which makes him free to speak his mind.
During a NY Times interview on October 8. 2017, Senator Corker charged that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.”
3.) On the evening of October 5, 2017, at a White House dinner with military leaders, the president made a comment about this being the “calm before the storm with the indication of “more to come.” He’s refused to clarify what he means.
4.) During the 10/8/17 NY Times interview, Senator Bob Corker, who is close to the Secretary of State, Rex. Tillerson, invoked comments that the president made on Twitter in which he appeared to undercut Mr. Tillerson’s attempts to create channels of diplomacy to conduct talks with North Korea. The president had tweeted, “Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man. He added, ”Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”
Later the president tweeted: ” Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail.”
5.) After a recent report that Mr. Tillerson had once referred to Mr. Trump as a “moron,” Mr. Corker told reporters that Mr. Tillerson was one of three officials helping to “separate our country from chaos.”
Asked directly by a reporter whether he was referring to Trump in using the word “chaos,” Corker responded: “(Generals Mattis, Kelly and Secretary of State Tillerson) work very well together to make sure the policies we put forth around the world are sound and coherent. I hope they stay because they’re valuable to (US) national security.”
6.) It has been reported that around October 15, 2017, President Trump plans to declare Iran in violation of the 2015 agreement to limit its nuclear program. This stance is counter to what the generals and the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who comprise his national security team are recommending.
During September 2017, President Trump told the Wall Street Journal, “If it was up to me, I would have had them non-compliant 180 days ago.” Next time (certification of compliance is due on 10/15/17), he added, “I do not expect that they will be compliant.”
7.) After the August 207 Charlottesville, VA where a White supremacists rally turned violent and where the president had been equivocal in his response, Senator Corker told reporters that the president “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”
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On August 28, 2017, David A. Andelman of CNN penned the following opinion piece, How to keep Trump’s thumb off the nuclear button.
“Regardless of who may be in the Oval Office, the stakes are too high, the potential outcome too horrific to leave the arsenal of the nuclear football entirely in the hands of any one president — especially President Donald Trump, who, according to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, asked during the campaign, “If we have them, why can’t we use them?”