In a Friday morning appearance on MSNBC, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) accused President Donald Trump of risking nuclear war with North Korea, using the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, and ordering an airstrike against a Syrian airbase in order to increase his own popularity.
Cicilline, who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he believes a preemptive strike against the North Koreans could lead to a nuclear war.
“A preemptive strike, if it were to happen, is likely to ignite a very serious conflict, a war, and maybe even a nuclear war,” Cicilline said to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “It would expose American troops on the [Korean] peninsula to tremendous danger ... The appropriate course is to really to reduce the rhetoric and try to de-escalate this and continue to use all the levers of diplomatic-economic power to try to achieve the right results here. And obviously, a preemptive strike has tremendously serious consequences that may well ignite a very significant war … This is very serious. I think what we have to be sure is that the president understands the implications of this kind of military action.”
Cicilline then told Velshi he “fears” Trump could risk a nuclear war to help improve his approval ratings.
“What I fear is, [Trump] sort of got a political bump, he got a political bump from the Syria airstrike [and] the mother of all bombs strike in Afghanistan,” Cicilline said. “And we don’t want the president to be making decisions where he just sort of thinks more bombs are the way to build up his popularity, but rather they’re making decisions based on the national security interests of the United States and the long-term safety and security of the American people.”
Cicilline has been a harsh critic of the Trump administration ever since Trump was sworn into office.
In February, Cicilline on the House floor suggested the Trump presidency is reminiscent of the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” a science fiction television show.
“Like the main characters in ‘Stranger Things,’ we are now stuck in the Upside Down,” Cicilline said, according to a report by The Hill. “Right is wrong, up is down, black is white.”
In the show, the Upside Down is a terrifying mirror-image of the real world, where monsters roam free and murder innocent people.
Sticking with the “Stranger Things” theme, Cicilline said, “This is not a TV show. This is real life. We have a president unlike any we have ever known. And like Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven, we must remain focused on the task at hand and hold this administration accountable so we can escape from our own version of the Upside Down.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 16, 2017