Trump on using nukes: “If we have them, why can’t we use them?”

On “Morning Joe” today, Joe Scarborough was interviewing a former Director of Central Intelligence and ex-National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden. The former director’s remarks were alarming all by themselves. But Joe issued the most chilling report I think I’ve ever heard about Trump, but one that certainly confirms my suspicions about him. This is very important for you to read below or watch above. Joe reports:

Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on international level went to advise Donald Trump. And three times [Trump] asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked… “If we have them, why can’t we use them?” That’s one of the reasons he doesn’t have foreign policy experts around him.

If you watch the video above, you’ll notice the gravity with which Joe delivered this news. All the usual jocularity and lightness were gone, and it was met by the panel with stunned silence. Why?

Because they know the temperament and character of the candidate and because you can’t have that kind of trigger-happy person in charge of the nuclear codes.

Here is a scenario that is not hard to imagine given what Trump has said he would do as president. Trump has said repeatedly that he would call our troops home from South Korea unless South Korea starts paying the United States.

So let’s say Trump is elected and takes office next January. Within a month of taking office, he begins negotiating with South Korea about the status of our forces along the demilitarized zone. Negotiations break-down when South Korea balks at the sum President Trump wants them to pay. They ask for an extension of negotiations. A petulant President Trump says “no” and removes our troops from South Korea.

At some point after our troops are gone, North Korea moves against South Korea–either with an army marching across the line or with missile strikes on Seoul. This wasn’t part of Trump’s “hardball negotiation” strategy, and now he realizes that he’s just been humiliated by North Korean aggression.

Do you think it’s within Trump’s character to clean up his own foreign policy mess (and avenge his own personal slight) with a tactical nuclear strike against North Korea? What if he looks at his generals and says to them the same thing Joe Scarborough just reported: “If we have them, why can’t we use them?”

15 Responses to Trump on using nukes: “If we have them, why can’t we use them?”

  1. Christiane Smith August 3, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    Hi DENNY,
    I saw it too. And the look on Mika’s face said how I feel about this. I am beyond worried. If Joe’s information is correct, then something is seriously wrong with Donald Trump. I think this is becoming apparent to more and more people now, as his rants become more bizarre.
    I don’t think he will be elected.

    This is truly frightening.

    • Ian Shaw August 3, 2016 at 10:14 am #

      The look on the guys face from the Today Show (I can’t think of his name), was just speechless.

  2. Ian Shaw August 3, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    I’m telling you…it’s looking more and more likely that Trump was a plant by the Clinton campaign all along. He says enough stuff to get conservatives all riled up (those without critical thinking) and now that he has the nomination, he’s saying things that are alienating his bread and butter base! He’s calling out a Gold Star recipients parents (and the solider himself), he’s “happy” he didn’t have to serve in the military…and now this tidbit about nuclear weapons.

    I’m telling you, this all plays right into Hillary’s hands. Trump gets the nomination and it appears that he’s tanking it!

    Though Wikileaks has released more emails detailing Hillary’s knowledge of arming Libyan rebels and ISIS…..

  3. Joe Wisnieski August 3, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    I’m also outraged at the media class, those such as Scarborough, who helped create the Trump monster with a countless number of softball interviews and slobbering press during the primary because it was good for ratings. And now, he wants to sit back and feign innocence and shocked incredulity that Trump is the Republican nominee.

  4. Kathy Robison August 4, 2016 at 2:13 am #

    Joe, this was all planned by the left. They wanted him to be the Repub nominee because they knew how easy it would be to take him down. Not sure if he’s smart enough to have connived with Hillary, but he’s the only candidate out of the 16 that could lose to someone so unpopular as she was, (thanks to Donald no one is talking about her criminal and greedy past anymore). Anyone that can make big Repub donors say that they are going to vote for a disgrace that is Hillary is remarkable. Christians who voted for Trump in the primary need to wake up and repent. They caused this monster to get elected. They should have backed Cruz or even Rubio, Walker. I don’t understand why the Delegates don’t hurry up and get ANY of the other 15 to step in and rescue the GOP, if not this party will never be in power again, and maybe that’s a good thing. Christians need to get a true Conservative party together, if not persecution is coming faster they we thought.
    Glad this is not my home, just passing through.

    • Ian Shaw August 4, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      I guess the fundamental question needs to be:

      “Is it the job of Christians to form a ‘true’ conservative party”?

  5. Curt Day August 4, 2016 at 6:36 am #

    Considering Trump’s comments on nuclear weapons, perhaps his election might spark the first military coup in our nation.

    • Ian Shaw August 4, 2016 at 10:52 am #

      Captain America once punched out Hitler on the cover of a Marvel Comic. Perhaps he needs to do the same with Trump as well.

    • Christiane Smith August 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

      There is a story going around, this: when Nixon was in his last days in the White House, still acting President, he was extremely depressed and began to drink heavily at night. He made a statement out loud: ‘I could leave this room now and in twenty-five minutes, 70 people could be dead’. He was overheard, and his statement was reported to responsible people.

      The military leaders informed the nuclear silo operators that, in the event of a signal to launch within the next week, they were to confirm with the head of the military that oversaw them in the chain of command before launching.

      Of course, there was no incident. But our military DID have a plan, in case Nixon had a psychotic break during that week.

      Is the story true? I don’t know. I heard it in the media. So take it with a grain of salt. But the time frame from the President of the United States giving the order to launch until the missiles leave the silos is six minutes. Six minutes. And THE man in the white house carries the sole responsibility for launching those nuclear weapons.

      Clinton says only in the event of a nuclear attack from Russia or China or both would she give the order to launch. Trump (this has been denied by his staff) is reported to have said ‘if we have them, why can’t we use them’.

      Now, go decide who to vote for. I don’t envy anyone who supports Trump. I pity them. I fear this election and dread the possibility of what Trump could do to all of human life. God have mercy on us.

      • Christiane Smith August 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

        correction:
        ” ‘I could leave this room now and in twenty-five minutes, 70 MILLION people could be dead’.

  6. James Harold Thomas August 4, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    And Hillary will keep the launch codes on whitehouse.gov under a top-level menu item called “Terrorists, DON’T CLICK HERE”.

  7. Scott Shaver August 6, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Sheesh. It’s a legitimate question in the face of questions from the press. Why would we build them without having considered the possibility of putting them to use?

    The world is what it is. Whining and whimpering does nothing to change that.

    • Christiane Smith August 6, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi SCOTT,
      you wrote: ” Why would we build them without having considered the possibility of putting them to use?”

      we have them because they are a DETERRENT too terrible to be used unless we are first attacked,
      then our country will issue the order to respond

      there will be some ‘survivors’ but it will be ‘the end of living and the beginning of existence’, and honestly in the nuclear winter to follow, it would be better not to have survived …… Trump doesn’t ‘get it’, and that is why he is unfit . . . he doesn’t understand what is basic to our national security and to the security of the world and all mankind

      he want’s other countries to have them …. that is called ‘proliferation of nuclear weapons’, one of the great threats to our world, where these weapons can more easily fall into the hands of terrorists and rogue countries

      he wants to eliminate our ties to NATO, which will open up the Baltic states to be taken over again by the Russians (my future daughter in law is Latvian, and they cling to their freedom from Russian with the protection of NATO guarding their security from being invaded)

      some thoughts: Trump is clueless, and impulsive, and he gets easily riled by criticism, and very easily (too easily) flattered by Putin

      I hope this helps answer your question somewhat.

      • James Bradshaw August 7, 2016 at 7:24 am #

        I saw an interview last night with Trump in which he was asked about his relationship with Putin. He said there wasn’t one but that “Putin said a lot of nice things about” him, and he said this several times.

        Trump is extremely susceptible to being influenced by criticism or flattery (regardless of who it’s from or the intent behind it).

        This seems an undesirable quality to have for the leader of the free world, a position where one needs to make difficult and reasoned decisions without being unduly influenced by emotion.

    • Denny Burk August 6, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

      Think of them like the ring of power in the Lord of the Rings. It’s the most powerful weapon, but it makes you evil if you use it.

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