GOP consultant Elise Jordan: Trump's Twitter habit 'a destructive force' amid tensions with North Korea

Republican consultant Elise Jordan on Tuesday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump’s policy of separating children, parents at border ‘would shock Jesus’ MORE's Twitter account "a destructive force" amid reports of talks between North Korea and South Korea.

"This was probably the biggest test of the last year. It looks like it will carry on being at least the big test for President Trump during this year. He’s had a tricky relationship with the South Koreans kind of floating the idea of trade sanctions, of tough trade times with the South Koreans. How is he going to respond to this overture from the North, which seems so clearly designed to drive a wedge between allies?” "Morning Joe" fill-in co-host Katty Kay asked Jordan on MSNBC.

“Let’s just hope President Trump won’t tweet," replied Jordan, who served as a speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the George W. Bush administration. "His Twitter account with foreign policy has really been such a destructive force. It upends diplomacy that various players are trying to engage upon to calm down the situation and to diffuse the situation."

ADVERTISEMENT
"And I do give President Trump’s national security team some credit for how they have managed to navigate this relationship in trying to keep his insults as not as personality driven, trying to temper his worst instincts and treat this with the soberness that it needs to be addressed with," said Jordan, who's also an MSNBC contributor and staunch Trump critic.

“I think you also had some internal tension within the Trump administration over how to handle this," said former Obama administration official Steve Rattner. "You had [Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson on a number of occasions, saying he is willing to talk to anybody, any time, shape at the table whatever you want, and then he gets slapped down by Trump who says, ‘I am only willing to talk if North Korea agrees to get rid of its nuclear capability,' which I don’t think it’s ever going to do.'

"So they don’t have a coherent policy themselves," said Rattner, who served as lead adviser to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry in 2009.

The commentary comes as South Korea appeared to embrace an olive branch from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who said on Monday that he is open to talks between the two countries. He also proposed sending a North Korea delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap News.

"We welcome that Kim expressed willingness to send a delegation and proposed talks as he acknowledged the need for improvement in inter-Korean ties," a South Korean government spokesman said Monday. "The successful launch of the games will contribute to stability not only on the Korean Peninsula but also in East Asia and the rest of the world."

Kim declared, however, that North Korea would not give up its nuclear program, citing a “nuclear button” that is on his desk.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that sanctions and "other" pressures are "beginning to have a big impact on North Korea."

"Soldiers are dangerously fleeing to South Korea. Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not — we will see!" he added, referring to Kim.