President Trump criticized past U.S. administrations’ handling of North Korea at a rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) on Friday, dividing Americans and escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea by continuing to call the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un “Rocket Man” and “Little Rocket Man.”
“Rocket man should have been handled a long time ago,” Trump said.
“He should have been handled a long time ago by Clinton. I won’t mention the Republicans, by Obama,” he continued.
— CNN (@CNN) September 23, 2017
“This shouldn’t be handled now. But I’m going to handle it because we have to handle it. Little rocket man. We’re going to do it. Because we really have no choice choice. We really have no choice,” he said.
The Hill added:
Trump’s comments come after Kim blasted Trump on Thursday, calling him a “dotard” and threatening to escalate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program despite the U.S. imposing increased sanctions on the country.
North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho then threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.
The president responded to the threats on Friday, saying Pyongyang would be tested like never before.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017