The Trump Scandal Du Jour: Donald Trump Calls For More countries to have nuclear weapons and won't rule out using nukes on Europe.
Let's recap what might have been Trump's most uneducated and frightening statements uttered since this con job of a campaign began.
At a CNN Town Hall Host Anderson Cooper began the questioning Trump on nukes and from there it went predictably off the rails...
COOPER: So you have no problem with Japan and South Korea having... nuclear weapons.
TRUMP: At some point we have to say, you know what, we're better off if Japan protects itself against this maniac in North Korea, we're better off, frankly, if South Korea is going to start to protect itself, we have...
COOPER: Saudi Arabia, nuclear weapons?
TRUMP: Saudi Arabia, absolutely.
COOPER: You would be fine with them having nuclear weapons?
TRUMP: No, not nuclear weapons, but they have to protect themselves or they have to pay us. Here's the thing, with Japan, they have to pay us or we have to let them protect themselves.
COOPER: So if you said, Japan, yes, it's fine, you get nuclear weapons, South Korea, you as well, and Saudi Arabia says we want them, too?
TRUMP: Can I be honest with you? It's going to happen, anyway. It's going to happen anyway. It's only a question of time. They're going to start having them or we have to get rid of them entirely. But you have so many countries already, China, Pakistan, you have so many countries, Russia, you have so many countries right now that have them.
If that weren't enough Trump made similar horrifying statements at an MSNBC Town Hall with Chris Matthews. In the very same interview where he called for "some form of punishment" for women who obtain abortions he refused to take the nuclear "cards off the table" when dealing with our European allies. His are Trump's exact words when asked by Chris Matthews about his stance on nuclear wepons...
MATTHEWS: Where would we drop a nuclear weapon in the Middle East?
TRUMP: Let me explain. Let me explain. Somebody hits us within ISIS, you wouldn't fight back with a nuke?
MATTHEWS: No. To drop a nuclear weapon on a community of people that are...
TRUMP: No, no, but you can't say -- first of all, you don't want to say, "Take everything off the table..."
MATTHEWS: No, just nuclear.
TRUMP: ... because you'd be a bad negotiator if you do that.
MATTHEWS: Just nuclear.
TRUMP: Look, nuclear should be off the table. But would there be a time when it could be used, possibly, possibly?
MATTHEWS: OK. The trouble is, when you said that, the whole world heard it. David Cameron in Britain heard it. The Japanese, where we bombed them in '45, heard it. They're hearing a guy running for president of the United States talking of maybe using nuclear weapons. Nobody wants to hear that about an American president.
TRUMP: Then why are we making them? Why do we make them? We had (inaudible).
MATTHEWS: Because of the old mutual assured destruction, which Reagan hated and tried to get rid of.
TRUMP: (inaudible) I was against Iraq. I'd be the last one to use the nuclear weapon.
MATTHEWS: So can you take it off the table now?
TRUMP: Because that's sort of like the end of the ball game.
MATTHEWS: Can you tell the Middle East we're not using a nuclear weapon on anybody?
TRUMP: I would never say that. I would never take any of my cards off the table.
MATTHEWS: How about Europe? We won't use it in Europe?
TRUMP: I -- I'm not going to take it off the table.
MATTHEWS: You might use it in Europe?
TRUMP: No, I don't think so. But I'm not taking...
MATTHEWS: Well, just say it. "I will never use a nuclear weapon in Europe."
TRUMP: I am not -- I am not taking cards off the table.
Here is the video clip as it appeared on Thursday night...
Trump's assertion that Japan, South Korea, and other countries should have nuclear weapons suggests that 70 years worth of arms negotiations and agreements should be tossed out the window.
Theses ignorant and frightening pronouncements came ironically as President Obama was speaking to reporters at the close of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. When asked about Donald Trump's comments he replied...
"The person who made the statements doesn't know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean Peninsula or the world generally... One of the cornerstones of our presence in the Asia-Pacific. It has prevented the possibilities of a nuclear escalation and conflict. You don’t mess with that. It’s an investment that rests on the sacrifices that our men and women made. We don’t want someone in the Oval Office who doesn’t recognize how important that is."