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

Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesHow the Trump tax law passed: Bipartisanship wasn't an ingredient Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems MORE (D-Conn.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing 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.