President Donald Trump has a long history of making eerily accurate predictions which are far more on point than any biblical prophet, and the one Department of Memes uncovered this week from 1999 may be the most chilling of all.
A private citizen at that point in time, President Donald Trump clearly stated that the United States must stop North Korea sooner rather than later, and stressed that a military strike might be necessary if negotiations fell through.
This particular prophecy comes to us via the famous 1999 Meet The Press Tim Russert interview on NBC. Russert had been asking Trump about some of the things he would do as POTUS, and referenced a quote by President Trump about launching a preemptive strike on North Korea.
“First, I negotiate. I would negotiate like crazy. And I’d make sure that we tried to get the best deal possible,” President Trump replied.
“Now, if that negotiation doesn’t work, you better solve the problem now than solve it later, Tim. And you know it. And every politician knows it. And nobody wants to talk about it,” he expounded.
The interview was recorded eighteen years ago, before our current nuclear crisis with North Korea, and before President Trump threatened to unleash “fire, fury, and frankly power” on the Kim Jong-Un regime if it tried to move aggressively against the U.S. or her allies.
In the 1999 interview President Trump warned of a day when North Korea would have “weapons pointed all over the world and specifically at the United States,” stressing that nuclear proliferation was the world’s “biggest problem.”
He also took shots at the Clinton administration for its soft policy on the issue.
“This country went out and gave them nuclear reactors, free fuel for ten years. We virtually tried to bribe them into stopping and they’re continuing to do what they’re doing. And they’re laughing at us. They think we’re a bunch of dummies. I’m saying that we have to do something to stop [it].”
At the time of the interview, North Korea did not have nuclear weapons, and President Trump stated that he mean he would use a nuclear preemptive strike on the Korean peninsula.
“I’m not talking about us using nuclear weapons. I’m saying that they have areas where they’re developing missiles,” he said.
Now that Kim Jong-Il’s fat fuck of a son has and weapons of mass destruction and the capability to deliver them, the goalposts have definitely shifted on that strategy.
President Trump concluded, “and if they think you’re serious – I deal with lots of people – if they think you’re serious, they’ll negotiate, and it’ll never come to that.”
Whether it will indeed come to military action in the current year, well, that remains to be seen.