March 19, 2018

Trump's obsession with President Obama spins dangerously out of control

13 August 2017, 08:01 | Glen Norman

Trump's obsession with President Obama spins dangerously out of control

Trump's obsession with President Obama spins dangerously out of control

As North Korea continues to develop it nuclear capabilities, President Donald Trump tweeted that the USA has modernized its own nuclear arsenal and is prepared to use it if necessary.

Let's deconstruct the president's statement. He said that's the first order he gave to his generals. He may be confused about this. The order included a call to "initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review to ensure that the United States nuclear deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies".

Sure, Trump is often whimsical and sometimes loose with facts on certain issues, but it's hard to argue that he is somehow in the wrong for wanting to protect our national security.

Probably not helping Trump's fragile ego this week was the news that the IL legislature recently passed a law naming Obama's birthday, August 4, "Barack Obama Day" across the state.

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While Obama pledged billions of dollars to modernizing the arsenal, the program is in its early stages.

After Obama took office in 2008, his Justice Department indicted six individuals for leaking classified information to the media, twice as many as all prior administrations combined.

But there is "more continuity than there is change" during the review, Kimball said, and no official guidance is offered until after the review is complete.

Trump's historical bad approval rating today stands in exact contrast to the widespread support Obama enjoyed his first 200 days in office, as he worked to pass a series of landmark bills that helped rescue the US economy.

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Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty said on Twitter that it was actually Trump's predecessor, President Barack Obama, who launched a $1-trillion modernization of the nuclear arsenal.

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