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Trump considered launching a nuclear weapon against North Korea in 2017 and blaming someone else


According to a new book

Trump considered launching a nuclear weapon against

North Korea in 2017 and assigning blame to someone else.

According to a new part of a book summarizing important events of his administration, President Donald Trump considered using a nuclear bomb against North Korea in 2017 and said he could blame an American strike against the communist dictatorship on another nation behind closed doors.

According to a new conclusion to New York Times Washington reporter Michael Schmidt, Trump allegedly made the remarks as tensions intensified between the United States and Kim Jong Un, alarming then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

NBC News managed to get the new part of 

"Donald Trump v. the United States"

  • before releasing it in paperback on Tuesday.
  • It provides a comprehensive analysis of Kelly's life
  • and the time spent from July 2017 to serving as Trump's chief of staff

January 2019.

Kelly previously held the position of Secretary of Homeland Security under Trump.

For the story

Schmidt drew on hundreds of in-depth interviews

with former Trump administration officials as well as Kelly's friends.

Trump issued a threat to

Eight days after Kelly became chief of staff, North Korea

  • pledging to face them with fire, anger, and frankly power

  • which the world has never seen before. In September 2017
  • If Kim, he vowed, "completely destroys North Korea,"
  • whom he called the "rocket man," continued to threaten the use of force.

Later :

that same month :

Trump insisted on provoking North Korea in his tweets.

According to Schmidt, Kelly was more concerned about what Trump said in secret.

What scared Kelly more than tweets is

the fact that in the Oval Office, behind closed doors

Trump persisted in speaking as though he wanted to start a war. He arrogantly discussed the idea of using a nuclear weapon against North Korea, saying that if he did such an action, the administration could blame someone else for disavowing accountability, "in line with the new section of the book.

According to Schmidt

Kelly tried to convince Trump that it

was impossible to do so using logic.

According to the final statement

Kelly told the president: It will be difficult not to point fingers at us.

Kelly briefed Trump at

the White House on the prospect of a war between

the United States and North Korea and the serious repercussions of this fight. Kelly summoned senior army officials. However, according to Schmidt, discussing the possible death toll "had no impact on Trump."

The conclusion states that Kelly then tried to convince Trump that there would be economic consequences, but Trump was only briefly persuaded.

Then :

  • according to Schmidt, Trump would "go back to the possibility of war
  • including at some point raising the possibility of
  • a pre-emptive military attack on Kelly's North Korea.

According to the last word, Kelly told Trump that he would need congressional permission before a pre-emptive strike, which "puzzled and angered" Trump.

In early January 2018

Trump tweeted:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the nuclear button is on his desk at all times.  Will someone tell him from his depleted and hungry system please inform him that I also have a nuclear button

but it is much bigger and more powerful than his work and my button!

Schmidt adds that senior U.S.

officials have known for many years that North Korea wants to spy on American decision makers. White House aides were thus concerned that "Trump will repeatedly discuss his desire to deploy a military force against North Korea on unclassified phones, with friends and close associates outside the administration."

There is no evidence of a North Korean source in the White House

according to Schmidt, but the possibility that she might have been listening to Trump's calls "was good within the scope of the U.S. intelligence assessment."

Kelly should have reminded Trump that he could

not divulge top-secret information to his friends, Schmidt explains.

  • The new part claims that Kelly devised a strategy that, in his opinion
  • finally led Trump to tone down his stinging critique in spring 2018:
  • playing explicitly on Trump's "narcissism."

According to Schmidt

Kelly convinced the president that by trying to form a diplomatic alliance

  • he could prove his prowess as the world's greatest seller
  • and avoid a nuclear war, which Kelly
  • and other senior military officials viewed
  • as a greater threat than most people at the time.


who effectively disagreed with accepting the post in

the White House before Trump tweeted that it was his position, was almost immediately preoccupied with the North Korean crisis after its acceptance, according to the new department.

Holy - oh

I have to call Karen, Kelly said, referring to his wife, according to the last word.

Three days later, on Monday morning

Kelly met with aides in a large conference room in the Department of Homeland Security office building several blocks from the White House. Kelly was majestic.

"This is a great job,"

he said :

referring to the ministerial post he would have left.

This is not a great job. But the President asked me to do that.