Is this the way the world ends, to mangle TS Eliot, not with a bang but on Twitter?
European diplomats also said that they think Trump's foreign policy doctrine is driven primarily "an obsession" with undoing former President Barack Obama's initiatives.
"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal", the president wrote shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
Although Trump's retweet does not show that he is more popular than Obama, it does further reinforce the suggestion that he is "obsessed" with his predecessor.
Trump also said he hoped to "de-nuke the world", but asserted the United States would maintain its nuclear stockpile and capability until then. The political jargon is that Tillerson is walking back his boss' off-script statement.
"We'll probably be able to report that over the next week", Trump added. A July report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute notes that a new intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled to replace the Minuteman III in 2028, a next-generation ballistic submarine is expected to supplant the OH class in 2031 and the successor to B-52 bombers will become available in the 2030s and 2040s.
The UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.
So we all have to rally around the leader because he made a decision to threaten North Korea with nuclear destruction. China, which has been in the middle of US-North Korea negotiations, urged both sides to keep cool heads and avoid escalating the conflict.
However, there were also some who seemed convinced that Trump's tweet was not a threat of violence.
"After 200 days, rarely has any Administration achieved what we have achieved.not even close!"
The top Democrat in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called Trump's "fire and fury" comments "recklessly belligerent". "Don't put it past him", Trump tweeted on October 17, 2012. The tweet is earning attention in light of Trump's own poor poll numbers during the ongoing dispute with North Korea.
Politics is performance, after all.