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ON WAR WITH NORTH KOREA

September 28, 2018

Trump claimed that President Barack Obama was ready to go to war with North Korea and that millions of people would be dead if he hadn’t been elected.

“If I wasn’t elected, you would have had a war,” he said, adding, “You know how close he was to pressing the trigger for war?”

Ned Price, Obama’s former national security spokesman, disputes that the Obama administration was ever on the verge of war with North Korea.

He said Wednesday night that “the Department of Defense always looks at contingencies” but that the administration believed diplomacy was the only viable option in the Korean Peninsula.

Trump also talked fondly of the inflammatory words he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had exchanged before their summit, saying the two “both smile at now and we laugh at” what he dubbed “rhetorical contests.”

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