January 04, 2018

Analysis: How Trump's 'nuclear button' tweet could jeopardize his foreign policy

Featuring Julianne Smith

Journalist David Jackson

WASHINGTON – President Trump's critics say his Twitter diplomacy is bad enough – but nuclear diplomacy by tweet could have explosive consequences. 

A Tuesday night post all but threatening to blow up North Korea – the highlight of a striking 16-tweet day in which the president also promised to hold a ceremony to slam "the most dishonest and corrupt media" and suggested an aide to a previous political rival go to jail – has ignited new questions about Trump's judgment.

Trump's latest incendiary comments, analysts fear, could fray U.S. relations across the globe or even lead to nuclear warfare. 

"Trump's latest tweets will convince many world leaders that not only is he unstable and unreliable, but potentially truly dangerous," said nuclear policy expert Joe Cirincione.

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  • Julianne Smith

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senio...