As the weeks before election day rapidly sped before us, so did the number of childish, reactive rants posted on Twitter by Donald Trump. Obama was the first to warn voters of the dangers of a man who has so little self-control that his campaign took away his Twitter account days before the election, saying, “If someone can’t handle a Twitter account, they can’t handle the nuclear codes.”
Well, Trump got his Twitter account back and he seems hell-bent on proving he won’t even need the nuclear codes to start a war… this time with China.
With tensions between the US and China rising ever since Trump tweeted about his protocol-breaking phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and subsequent insults about the ‘One China’ policy, President- elect Trump still can’t keep his finger off the ‘Tweet’ button.
Saturday morning Trump enraged China again by blasting the country for seizing of a U.S. Navy drone in the South China Sea. Unfortunately, a misspelled word in the tweet got more attention than the terrifying content:
It took Trump and his team 87 minutes to fix the word "unpresidented." pic.twitter.com/Bz7NxSqwlo
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 17, 2016
But it was an extremely provocative move and others are warning against the true danger behind Trump’s behavior, including Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy:
This is madness. A 7:30am Saturday escalation of diplomatic crisis w China via Twitter, w misspelling. https://t.co/p9QPZsr2yv
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 17, 2016
China is reportedly returning the US Navy drone, but defended its position in first seizing it as a sign of its opposition to US military presence in what it considers China territory.
Most foreboding, however, are the comments made in a statement released by the Chinese Defence Ministry after Trump’s tweet.
“China decided to return it to the US side in an appropriate manner, and China and the US have all along been in communication about it.”
“During this process, the US side’s unilateral and open hyping up is inappropriate and is not beneficial to the smooth resolution of this issue. We express regret at this.”
China, as one of the five nuclear weapons states, is a part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but with Trump’s provoking who knows what the future will hold. Trump thinks social media is just a “modern form of communication”, but it is time he takes responsibility for his use of it.
Merriam-Webster.com defines ‘social media’ as:
forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos).
Trump needs to read this and understand that tweeting IS NOT the way the leader of a country communicates to or about one another. Trump’s hyping up of this or any other international incident, in a word, is unpresidented and more importantly, could lead to war.
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