White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said that it’s “just a fact” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE commands a “much larger” and “more powerful” nuclear arsenal than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Sanders dismissed concerns at a press briefing that Trump’s tweet boasting about the size and strength of the U.S. nuclear arsenal was intended to taunt Kim, who claimed this week that he has a nuclear launch button on the desk in his office.
“I don’t think that it’s taunting to stand up for the people of this country,” she said. “I think what’s dangerous is to ignore the continued threats.”
When a reporter pointed out that the president does not, in fact, have a nuclear launch button on his desk – as Trump had suggested – Sanders said that he was “very well aware” of the process for launching a nuclear strike.
“The president’s very well aware of how the process works and what the capacity of the United States is, and I can tell you that it’s greater than that of North Korea,” she said.
In tweeting that the U.S. launch button was “much larger” and “more powerful” than that of Kim, Trump appeared to challenge the leader’s assertion that the world would have to accept as a “reality” that North Korea is a nuclear-armed state.
Trump’s tweet also increased once again the possibility of a confrontation with North Korea, a matter that has been raised multiple times over the past year amid advancements in Pyongyang’s weapons programs.