Trump told Tim Russert that he would first “negotiate like crazy” with North Korea, and if that didn’t work, he would strike.
An interview President Donald Trump did in 1999 on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert has resurfaced because of Trump’s calls for a pre-emptive strike on North Korea if they are ever able of developing a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that North Korea has now developed a nuclear warhead capable of fitting inside its missiles.
“First, I negotiate. I would negotiate like crazy. And I’d make sure that we tried to get the best deal possible,” Trump told Russert in the 1999 “Meet the Press” interview.
Trump continued, “These people, within three or four years, are going to be having nuclear weapons. They’re going to have those weapons pointed all over the world, and specifically at the United States.”
Then Trump tells Russert that the biggest problem the world has is nuclear proliferation and that North Korea is developing these nuclear weapons for a reason.
“If that negotiation doesn’t work, you better solve the problem now than solve it later, Tim,” Trump concluded.
Russert pointed out to Trump that top generals have said that the United States could not launch a pre-preemptive strike on North Korea because the nuclear fallout could be devastating to the Asian peninsula.
“We virtually tried to bribe them into stopping, and they’re continuing to what they’re doing,” Trump responded. “And they’re laughing at us, they think we’re a bunch of dummies. I’m saying that we have to do something to stop.”
“But, if the military told you, ‘Mr. Trump, you can’t do this,” Russert interjected.
“You want to do it in five years when they have warheads all over the place, every one of them pointing to New York City, to Washington and every one of our — is that when you want to do it? Or do you want to do something now?” Trump fired back.
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