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President Trump and the "Nuclear Button"

Robert Dimuro

Posted on June 30, 2019 12:41

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How has Trump been with the so-called “nuclear button” that the Left warned he would be too eager to push?

After the Cold War came to an end, everyone around the world breathed a sigh of relief. During this time, flaring tension that could spark a nuclear World War III was the world’s primary preoccupation. Now that we live in a post-Cold War era, it is crucial that all nations come to a mutually understood agreement never to deploy a nuclear weapon unless absolutely necessary for self-preservation and that the US and its allies ensure that hostile or otherwise unstable regimes do not acquire or develop nuclear weapons. 

Largely, this has been President Trump’s focus since defeating ISIS. He has consistently shown that he will not tolerate our enemies becoming nuclear threats. Trump has been able to assert his authority in a unique way with the use of positive reinforcement - pointing out the economic benefits that would be enjoyed by our adversaries if they abandoned their nuclear ambitions. Trump has used the imposing and easing of sanctions as leverage to influence the behavior of our adversaries in the pursuit of negotiating a sound deal with them. 

Having established Trump’s commitment to mitigate the nuclear threats of Iran and North Korea, let’s turn to the notion of Trump himself being a nuclear threat to the entire world. How has Trump been with the so-called “nuclear button” that the Left warned he would be too eager to push? As you would expect from a stable and qualified Commander-in-Chief, he continues to support our allies and is more than willing to be diplomatic with our enemies and come to a deal rather than seeking to initiate a war.

Arguably, many of the Republicans that were running for president in 2016 would have been more inclined to use military force against Iran and North Korea than Trump has been. In Trump’s interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Trump hinted that even members of his own Cabinet, such as John Bolton, have advised Trump to respond to enemy provocations with military action, which Trump said he has turned down. 

Despite the rhetoric used against Trump, his foreign policy initiatives are not surprising. Someone who thinks like a businessman is likely to solve problems differently than a career politician. Trump understands that economics is the game to play in the 21st century, being the only President in many decades to spearhead fairer trade policies with our major trading partners. In the same light, Trump has used the power of sanctions to cripple our enemies economically in the hopes of bringing them to the negotiating table.

Trump’s restraint from using strikes on Iranian soil that would have killed 150 civilians is indicative of his ability to make the proper decisions as Commander-in-Chief. Trump has not only shown that he will use military action as a last resort but also that he is committed to nuclear nonproliferation and the protection of freedom and democracy across the world by means of diplomacy and negotiation. 

Robert Dimuro

Posted on June 30, 2019 12:41

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