Clinton: 'Disturbing' that Trump talks about nuclear weapons, war with tweets

Clinton: 'Disturbing' that Trump talks about nuclear weapons, war with tweets
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Mattis defends border deployment during visit to troops | Bolton aide exits WH after clash with first lady | House blocks Yemen war resolution | Report warns of erosion in US military superiority Exit polls show more women breaking with Republicans MORE said Sunday that she thinks it's "disturbing" that President Trump talks about war and nuclear weapons over Twitter.

During an interview on CNN, Clinton was asked about Trump's comments that the policies of past administrations haven't reduced the North Korean threat.

Clinton said the first option should not be "threatening military action" if policies don't result in desired goals.

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Clinton said she was distressed by Trump's tweet earlier this month, when he told Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWhite House ousts Sessions Trump downplays potential turnover: 'Everybody wants to work in this White House' Trump says Cabinet changes likely after midterms MORE that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korea's leader.

 

 
 

"I find that so disturbing," Clinton said.

"Because you should not be talking about matters of peace and war and nuclear weapons with tweets. And yet we know that is how this president behaves."
 
Clinton said diplomacy and preventing war is "slow, hard-going, difficult work."
 
"You can't have impulsive people or ideological people who basically say, 'We're done with you,'" Clinton said.
 
She said North Korean officials are very dramatic with their rhetoric.
 
Trump's actions are "playing into Kim Jong Un's hands," she added.
 
"The idea that he's going tit for tat with the American president who is tweeting against him and calling him names, that is cat nip to this guy," she said. "What we've done is to build him up, give him more legitimacy than he deserves to have, given how his people are being treated and I think that's a very short-sighted and dangerous route to take."
 
Tensions between North Korea and the U.S. have escalated in recent months.
 
Earlier this month, Trump tweeted he told Tillerson he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korea's leader, adding that Tillerson should save his energy.