White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that President Donald Trump was “taunting” Kim Jong Un with his tweet about nukes.
Rather, Sanders argued, Trump was simply giving an accurate assessment of the United States’ nuclear capabilities as compared to North Korea.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seemingly threatened the United States, stating that he has a nuclear button on his desk at all times. The president responded by reminding Kim Jong Un that the U.S. has a “much bigger & more powerful” button.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
NBC’s Kristen Welker asked Sanders if it was reckless to “taunt” a mentally unfit leader, but Sanders denied that the tweet was taunting.
“I don’t think it’s taunting to stand up for the people of this country,” Sanders asserted. “I think what’s dangerous is to ignore the continued threats.”
When Welker asked again if the tweet was “taunting,” Sanders responded simply, “I think it’s just a fact.”