The editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the group responsible for the infamous “Doomsday Clock,” is warning the world that President Trump’s tweets on North Korea are “an existential threat to humanity.”
“They increase the probability that North Korea will misinterpret normal military exercises as an attack and respond with force. This could result in a back-and-forth series of military actions that might — actually, really — lead to worldwide thermonuclear war and the end of the human experiment,” John Mecklin said, according to Poynter.
“This is a real possibility. This is why President Trump’s tweets about North Korea are, in my opinion, an existential threat to humanity.”
Trump on Tuesday bragged on Twitter that the nuclear launch button on his desk is “much bigger” and “more powerful” than that of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,’ ” Trump tweeted.
“Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
Trump was responding to a New Year’s Day speech by Kim in which he claimed to have a nuclear launch button at his desk, and that the international community would have to accept North Korea’s status as a nuclear-armed nation as a “reality.”