MSNBC Analyst on Trump Comments: ‘The President Sounds Like a North Korean Leader’


MSNBC analyst Evelyn Farkas said “President Trump sounds more like a North Korean Leader, unfortunately, than an American leader” on Nicole Wallace’s show in response to Trump’s alarming words for Pyongyang on Tuesday.

During a presser on the opioid crisis Tuesday, Trump said that future threats from North Korea “will be met with fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

Those threats come as The Washington Post reports that North Korea “has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles,” and are well on their way to becoming a nuclear power.

In response to Trump’s comments, Farkas, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia and Ukraine under former President Barack Obama, said “the president sounds like a North Korean leader.”

Farkas pointed out that both the current leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, as well as his late father Kim Jong-il, “talked about, literally, ‘sea of fire'” when threatening the United States.

“That was the threat they used more often than not,” she remarked. “I used to have a huge file folder of all the crazy, colorful things that the North Koreans would say and the names that they would call our American presidents.”

“So, President Trump sounds more like a North Korean leader, unfortunately, than an American leader,” she said.

But Farkas advised calm in response to the heated rhetoric: “The reality check is, that right now, I don’t think there’s a reason to panic,” she said, before pointing out that Kim Jong-un grew up in Switzerland, and is somewhat more tethered to reality than his father.

“We need to communicate, as Secretary Tillerson has, that we’re not trying to take out the regime, but they cannot have an active nuclear weapons program,” she concluded. “They have to freeze it at a minimum.”

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