Trump In 1999: I’d ‘Negotiate Like Crazy’ With North Korea (VIDEO)

Donald Trump is currently terrorizing the country (and the world) during his 17-day vacation. With far too much time on his hands and no one to babysit him 24/7, Trump has been threatening North Korea with nuclear war since Tuesday, when he said this in response to North Korea’s ability to put a miniaturized nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile:

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“North Korea best not make anymore threats to the United States. They will be met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”

Today, Trump’s threats continued as he tweeted:

“My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”

Known for his flip flops and inability to use logic, it should come as no surprise that this approach is quite different than what Trump said several years ago, before his presidential run. In a 1999 interview with “Meet the Press”, Trump once gave a much more measured response, stating that he would “negotiate like crazy” instead of going to war. When asked if he would launch a preemptive strike against North Korea, a much younger, less erratic Trump said:

“First, I’d negotiate. I would negotiate like crazy and I’d make sure that we tried to get the best deal possible,” he added. “If a man walks up to you in the street…and puts a gun to your head and says, ‘Give me your money,’ wouldn’t you rather know where he’s coming from before he had the gun in his hand?”

Trump stated that he would in fact be willing to bomb the North, but was firm on using it as a last resort.

“Wouldn’t it be good to sit down and really negotiate something? Now, if that negotiation doesn’t work, you better solve the problem now than solve it later.”

We long for the days when Trump was just a corrupt businessman and didn’t have access to the nuclear codes. You can watch the short clip below:

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