ABC’s Dowd Slams Trump for ‘Continued Belligerence’ With North Korea

ABC commentator Matthew Dowd was livid Sunday morning following a series of tweets by President Trump on North Korea and their latest nuclear bomb test. “I think part of the problem we're in today is the belligerent language that he's used over the last three or four months in the midst of this,” he decried to moderator Martha Raddatz during This Week, completely derailing a conversation about relief for Hurricane Harvey.

During the wee hours of Sunday morning in the U.S., the first reports of a massive earthquake caused by the 6th nuclear bomb test by the communist regime were first being released. The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake registered as a magnitude 6.3. And it has been reported that the test was the largest blast ever by North Korea, with the effects being felt over the border in China and as far away as Russia.

A few hours later, President Trump put out a series of tweets on the situation. “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. Their words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” the President said. He also wrote about how the test was an “embarrassment” to China and showed South Korea’s President the North could not be appeased.

Those tweets put Dowd over the edge. “Today is supposed to be National Day of Prayer that the President declared. And he's already making enemies of China, making enemies of South Korea,” he exclaimed, obviously triggered.

“I can kind of understand why he's tweeting about that today, Matt,” Raddatz tried to explain. “Understandably, but I think part of the problem we're in today is the belligerent language that he's used over the last three or four months in the midst of this,” Dowd lamented.

According to Dowd, “we need to reset our entire foreign policy and assume North Korea is a nuclear power.” That was a truly ridiculous piece of analysis because the world was long past “assuming” North Korea was a nuclear power. For crying out loud, the earthquake was likely caused by their 6th nuclear bomb test.

Dowd claimed the U.S.’s next thoughts should be about “how do we deter them or how do we contain them. Instead of this continued belligerence.” Raddatz let him finish with that, then awkwardly steered the conversation back to Hurricane Harvey relief.

For all of Dowd’s whining about President Trump’s tweets being a part of the cause of the situation, he failed to mention that the specter of a nuclear North Korea had been around for decades and went through multiple presidencies. One of those presidencies he worked in. North Korea has been the radioactive can that has been continually kicked down the road, but now it seems to be coming to a head.

Transcript below:

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ABC
This Week
September 3, 2017
9:52:32 AM Eastern

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MATTHEW DOWD: Today is supposed to be National Day of Prayer that the President declared. And he's already making enemies of China, making enemies of South Korea. So I hope he can –

MARTHA RADDATZ: I can kind of understand why he's tweeting about that today, Matt.

DOWD: Understandably, but I think part of the problem we're in today is the belligerent language that he's used over the last three or four months in the midst of this. It a problem you discussed earlier that is very difficult to decide. I actually think we need to reset our entire foreign policy and assume North Korea is a nuclear power. And then how do we deter them or how do we contain them. Instead of this continued belligerence.

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