Appearing on ABC, the former ambassador to South Korea who helmed Bush-era negotiations to get rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program said that President Donald Trump is playing brinkmanship with North Korean President Kim Jong Un and that “makes people nervous.”
Speaking with This Week host Martha Raddatz, Ambassador Christopher Hill, who served in both the Bush and the Clinton administrations, explained what he believes Trump’s strategy is — if the president has one.
“I think he’s trying to out-North Korean the North Koreans, so let’s see if that works,” suggested Hill.
“Certainly it makes people nervous when they’re not quite sure what he means by it,” Hill continued. “And, you know, great powers can’t really bluff. So when you talk in those terms, you’ve got to be prepared to back it up. And I guess that’s what worries people the most.”
President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against North Korea has increased fears of a war with the authoritarian nation, with some worrying Trump may use nukes, since he has previously suggested that there is no point having “nukes if you’re not going to use them?”
Watch Hill’s comments below via Twitter:
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 16, 2017