Trump fights back against Republican establishment, calls for attacking ISIS as opposed to Assad.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared on a 2/10 edition of “CBS This Morning” to discuss, among other things, interventionism, North Korea, the Iran Deal and toppling Bashar Al-Assad in Syria.
When asked about America’s greatest threat, that being North Korea’s nuclear proliferation, Trump said he would “get China to make that guy (Kim Jon Un) disappear in one form or another very quickly,” while stressing the importance of putting economic pressure on the Chinese government to keep a watchful eye on the Koreans.
The real estate mogul’s stance on DPRK relations contrasts greatly from establishment RINO Jeb Bush, who asserted at last weekends ABC News debate that he would sanction a preemptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear facilities.
“China has absolute control over North Korea,” Trump said. “They should make that problem disappear.”
The Republican frontrunner then turned to John Kerry’s Iran Deal and said it could have included provisions designed to fight back against North Korea’s nuclear program.
In response to a question on the Syrian crisis and the prospect of committing U.S. ground troops for the purpose of toppling Bashar Al-Assad, Trump said:
“Syria is a whole different thing, I view ISIS as very important (as opposed to toppling Assad). I love the fact that Russia is hitting ISIS. As far as I’m concerned they’ve got to continue to hit ISIS.”
He later clarified that toppling Assad wasn’t “that important” while also explaining that regime change only leads to more radical Islamic terrorism. “Look what happened after we got rid of (Muammar) Gaddafi. It was a total mistake,” he said.
“Had we not done anything. Had our politicians gone to the beach and enjoyed the sun, we’d be in a lot better position than we are now.”
Donald Trump once again revealed his contempt for the interventionist approach to foreign policy exhibited by a majority of the Republican establishment. The interview was a breath of fresh air during an election cycle in which some have called for shooting down Russian planes and overthrowing secular leaders despite those measures leading to more extremism and violence.