In a pair of tweets Saturday, President Donald Trump expressed his disappointment with China over North Korea firing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Friday that appears to have the range to reach most major U.S. cities. Trump also accused past U.S. leaders of allowing trade worth billions of dollar to happen with Beijing, despite it not taking any measures to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
Twitter users were quick to react to Trump’s comments, with most criticizing him for his double standards and pointing out he and his daughter Ivanka Trump have helped the Asian country in promoting trade with America.
Some of the users expressed disappointment in the commander-in-chief for just tweeting about the issue and not taking any concrete steps to tackle it.
Trump in his tweet indicated his helplessness over the issue, hinting at policies made by former President Barack Obama. Some users latched on to this and said the attitude revealed his insecurity.
However, there were some who appreciated Trump and criticized Obama’s policies.
The president’s response came a day after North Korea claimed to have conducted another ICBM launch and termed it a “stern warning” for the U.S. The new missile launch comes just a month after Pyongyang conducted its first ICBM test. Trump condemned Pyongyang’s actions in a statement, terming it “reckless and dangerous.”
“By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people. The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region,” the statement read.
This is not the first time that Trump has criticized China on the North Korea issue. In May, after North Korea tested a new type of Scud missile, Trump wrote on his personal Twitter account: “North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbor, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile…but China is trying hard!”
Trump again targeted China in June and wrote on Twitter that while he “greatly” appreciated “the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out.” The president has repeatedly said the U.S. would take all necessary action to ensure America’s security, the administration is yet to come up with a concrete plan for the same.
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