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President Donald Trump talked about he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “fell in cherish” thanks to Kim’s “wonderful letters.”
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump faced rapid blowback on Friday for his assertion that his predecessor in the Oval Discipline of commercial, Barack Obama, changed into as soon as on the point of starting up “a substantial struggle” with North Korea. 

Trump made the claim in the end of a rambling news convention on Friday whereby he touted his hang success in negotiations with North Korea.

Trump talked about that Obama, in the end of a 2016 assembly in the White Dwelling factual after Trump won the presidential election, talked about the historical president told him North Korea’s nuclear weapons program introduced the absolute most realistic possibility to the United States.

“He told me he changed into as soon as so conclude to starting up a substantial struggle with North Korea,” Trump recounted.

“It’s miles de facto ridiculous to recommend that the Obama administration changed into as soon as eager about anything else admire that,” talked about Michael Fuchs, who served as Obama’s deputy assistant secretary of Affirm for East Asian and Pacific affairs. He talked about Trump changed into as soon as simply “lying” about that trade. 

“We weren’t on the point of struggle with North Korea in 2016,” Ben Rhodes, a historical national security adviser to Obama, tweeted on Friday primarily based on Trump’s claim. He urged that Trump did now not understand Obama’s 2016 description of the possibility North Korea posed.  

We weren’t on the point of struggle with North Korea in 2016. Highlighting the longstanding and widely identified possibility of North Korea’s nuclear program is terribly varied from announcing you’re about to inaugurate a substantial struggle.

— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) February 15, 2019

Obama’s historical CIA director, John Brennan, furthermore sharply refuted Trump’s claim.

While he changed into as soon as now not in the room in the end of that assembly, Brennan told NBC News, “President Obama changed into as soon as by no manner on the verge of starting up any struggle with North Korea, huge or little.” He talked about Obama viewed North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons with “deep self-discipline and he constantly pressed his national security team to illustrate alternatives to nick the possibility from North Korea.” 

Experts vow any military strike against North Korea would nearly surely pause in huge loss of existence in South Korea and is a long way too volatile to glance. Fuchs talked about this kind of switch would now not finest pause in “mass casualties” for the South Koreans, but it’s a long way going to furthermore “without concerns spiral” correct into a better regional struggle spirited nuclear weapons. 

“The list of disasters that would furthermore be created by a struggle with North Korea are … too unthinkable to set up in mind,” he talked about.

Fuchs and other experts argue that it changed into as soon as Trump who ratcheted up the hazard of a military confrontation with North Korea when he took set up of commercial in 2017, threatening Kim Jong Un’s regime with “fireplace and fury,” among other sharp statements and actions.  Now, critics talked about, Trump is making an strive to issue credit for growth in negotiations aimed at pressing Kim’s regime to relinquish his nuclear arsenal. 

“This is again the president, when it involves North Korea, making an strive to play the function of every arsonist and firefighter – acting admire there changed into as soon as some substantial emergency that he saved all people from,” Fuchs told USA TODAY.

Contributing: David Jackson

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