Trump Says Obama Would Have Gone to War with North Korea, Killing Millions of People

President Donald Trump claimed Monday his predecessor, Barack Obama, would have engaged in a war with North Korea resulting in the deaths of millions of people, but also said the media would have praised Obama if the 44th president had "gotten along" with the totalitarian regime.

A week removed from his unprecedented meeting with the North's reclusive leader, Kim Jong Un, Trump said the "Fake News" would have proclaimed Obama a "national hero" if he too had taken "the initial steps" that Trump made with Kim.

"If President Obama (who got nowhere with North Korea and would have had to go to war with many millions of people being killed) had gotten along with North Korea and made the initial steps toward a deal that I have, the Fake News would have named him a national hero!" the president tweeted.

It's unclear what sparked Trump's outrage and the claims, but the president made similar statements Sunday on Twitter as well.

Trump said the "Fake News" had made a "coordinated effort with each other" to bash his meeting with Kim—the first time a sitting U.S. president met face-to-face with a North Korean leader—and that "some people" want to see him "fail" rather than "give Trump a win."

"Funny how the Fake News, in a coordinated effort with each other, likes to say I gave sooo much to North Korea because I "met." That's because that's all they have to disparage! We got so much for peace in the world, & more is being added in finals. Even got our hostages/remains!" the president tweeted.

Last week, Trump also claimed that the threat of war with North Korea, and the possibility of a nuclear missile strike, was now over. He also said Obama had warned him that North Korea was "our biggest and most dangerous problem."

Exactly how much Trump accomplished during the meeting with Kim remains in question. The two leaders did sign a communiqué that outlined what each side hoped to accomplish, including denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as the return of remains of U.S. soldiers who fought in the Korean War in the early 1950s.

But the communiqué was short on specifics over precisely how and when the North would dismantle its nuclear program, leading critics of Trump to suggest the meeting was more of a photo opportunity than a substantive diplomatic negotiation.

Obama did indeed warn Trump about the threat the North's weapons programs posed as he left office, according to a New York Times report in March of last year. Three years before, Obama had ordered the Pentagon to increase its cyberattacks on the North's programs in an effort to either curb or delay their progress.

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