What’s President Donald Trump‘s biggest strategic blunder on North Korea? In the estimation of one former Department of Defense official, it’s a surplus of male hormones.
Appearing on MSNBC Monday, Deborah Lee James — who served as Secretary of the Air Force under President Barack Obama — called on Trump to pursue diplomatic options with North Korea.
“I would tell him to tone down the bluster and the rhetoric from the top,” James said. “And work with these new sanctions that we have both China and Russia on board to enforce. And ensure that the enforcement happens in an air-tight fashion. Double down on diplomacy.”
Then, in closing, she added, “Let’s tone back the testosterone.”
Trump, of course, ratcheted up the rhetoric on North Korea last week in a series of statements to the media and on Twitter. Most notably, Trump warned he would unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if they escalated their nuclear threat.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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