Trump to Kim Jong Un: My ‘nuclear button’ is ‘much bigger and ‘more powerful’ than yours

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Size matters.

So says President Donald Trump, who ignited a new war of the words Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the size of his purported “nuclear button.”

Trump tweeted, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
 


The president’s attempt at one-upmanship came after the rogue leader said in a New Year’s address, “the button for nuclear weapons is on my table,” and that he could use it to launch an attack on the entire United States.

But this latest battle of who has the biggest button, isn’t grounded in reality: Trump does not actually have a nuclear button on his desk, reports The Associated Press. The nuclear “football” is carried by a rotating group of military officers everywhere the president goes.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said at the White House news briefing that the US approach to North Korea had not changed, that the US continues to regard North Korea as a global threat and seeks an international solution while keeping “all of our options on the table.”

Trump has repeatedly made statements about North Korea via Twitter. The President said it was a waste of time for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to negotiate with North Korea — referring to Kim in the tweet as “Little Rocket Man” — shortly after the US diplomat said he hoped to de-escalate the standoff through talks. After a North Korean statement insulted Trump by calling him a “dotard,” the US President tweeted that he would “NEVER” call the North Korean leader “short and fat,” while also saying that “maybe someday” he would be Kim’s friend.

ABC News and CNN contributed to this report. 

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