Anybody seriously think the clown has a plan?
But if North Korea’s nuclear program has proved intractable for past presidents, Trump is particularly ill-suited to deal with the problem. The president has little foreign policy experience and has left top diplomatic posts unfilled. He has said he likes to be unpredictable and is internationally known for his uncensored, stream-of-conscious Twitter rants.
When confronted with Kim’s escalating actions, the Trump administration appeared caught off-guard. Following an April 4 missile test by North Korea, Trump didn’t tweet or issue a formal statement about it. Tillerson offered an ominous three-sentence message: “North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.”
By June, Trump seemed to have abandoned his policy of working with China to rein in North Korea. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” he tweeted.
On Wednesday, the day after the ICBM launch, Trump went even further and blamed China for North Korea’s rising nuclear capability. “Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us - but we had to give it a try!” he tweeted.