Dem lawmaker on Trump tweet: Anyone on a playground knows bragging is a sign of weakness

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesMembers of Congress weigh in on the great 4th of July debate: Hot dogs or hamburgers Dem rep: Nunes actions make US ‘profoundly less safe’ Dems urge Trump to reinstate top cyber post MORE (D-Conn.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE's rhetoric toward North Korea on Wednesday, comparing Trump to a first-grader on a playground. 

“I guess the president regards this as a show of strength,” Himes told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday. 

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“But as everybody who’s ever been in a, you know, first grade playground recognizes, it’s usually the person who’s most aggressively pounding their chest that is, in fact, the weak one on the playground," he continued. 

Himes's comments come after the president tweeted on Tuesday that the nuclear button on his desk is "much bigger" and "more powerful" than that of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's. 

 

Trump's tweet followed Kim's New Year's Day speech, in which he said he had a nuclear launch button at his desk, and that the global community would have to learn to accept North Korea's status as a nuclear-armed country as a reality. 

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The North Korean leader also revealed in his address that he would consider sending a delegation of athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. 

Pyongyang announced on Wednesday it had resumed communications with Seoul for the first time in two years.