In an interview with Chris Matthews back in March, Donald Trump was backed into a corner over his nuclear policy. “Look, nuclear should be off the table. But would there be a time when it could be used, possibly, possibly?” When then asked about whether he could take the option off the table to use nuclear weapons in Europe, Trump said that he would not even be able to do that. Needless to say, this willingness – eagerness, even – to use nuclear force against countries with which he may disagree politically has scared many across the globe. And while this conversation regarding Trump’s nuclear outlook seemed to have taken a backseat since the billionaire secured the Republican presidential nomination, it has made its way back into the public eye with a terrifying report.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough announced yesterday that “several months ago, a foreign policy expert on an international level went to advise Donald Trump” and experienced the Republican nominee’s hawkish mindset first-hand. However, the hawkishness far exceeded anything espoused by even some of the most war-hungry politicians in office, as “three times he asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked, at one point, ‘if we have them, why can’t we use them?'”
Scarborough went on to say that Trump’s radical willingness to use such destructive force to get his way is the very reason that he does not have foreign policy experts surrounding him and his campaign. He knows that they will disagree with his outlook on hegemony and international relations, and so he simply avoids them. If this sounds terrifying, it’s because it is.
Having a president who ignores policy experts when they disagree with him and wants nothing more than to flaunt the United States’ nuclear capabilities is dangerous beyond comparison, and the fact that a substantial portion of American voters do not understand this explains current international disillusionment with the U.S.
What do you think about Trump’s eagerness to use nuclear weapons?