The White House on Wednesday dismissed criticism of President Trump’s taunt that his “Nuclear Button” is larger and more effective than North Korea’s arsenal, arguing he will respond strongly to provocations from Pyongyang rather than “cower down.”
Democrats and some security analysts warned that the tweet sent Tuesday night by Trump risked needlessly provoking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a time when concerns over a nuclear altercation, once seen as remote, have grown more plausible and as North and South Korea have engaged in talks to ease tensions on the peninsula.
“He’s made repeated threats. He’s tested missiles time and time again for years,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of Kim. “This is a president who is not going cower down and is not going to be weak and is going to make sure he does what he’s promised to do, and that’s stand up and protect the American people.”
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