While Al Gore has been one of the greatest examples of how a Democrat will always criticize everything about conservatives and dodge any remark about a serious mistake committed by a liberal administration, he recently made some surprising comments. Believe it or not, the former Vice President not only assured that Trump is doing a great job in the way he’s dealing with the North Korea situation, but also said that he inherited a huge disaster by Obama.
During an interview with BBC 4 “Radio Today,” Gore praised President Donald Trump for the way he’s been handling the escalating tensions between Kim Jong Un‘s regime and the United States, lauding the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous vote to impose new sanctions to the Asian nation.
While Gore said he believes that Trump’s warning that he’ll meet North Korea’s nuclear ambitions with “fire and fury” is not helpful, he acknowledged the sanctions levied against Pyongyang represented a great achievement for the administration’s diplomacy.
These sanctions cut the nation’s exports by $1 billion, about one-third of North Korea’s annual exports. The sanctions were drafted by the United States in consultation with China, a country that hasn’t show a serious commitment in Pyongyang’s situation, considering that it always has been its main ally.
In one of the most interesting parts of the interview, the former Vice President said that Trump inherited a colossal mess on this matter, since he assured that previous administration didn’t do a great job. Additionally, he said that Trump should not be blamed for these rising tensions with Pyongyang, which most recently saw them threatening to strike Guam, Alaska, and Hawaii.
He explained that this crisis has been building since long before he entered the White House. Also, Gore praised the President for the experienced military figures he picked to surround himself, since he assured the world can find solace in them, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
The former Vice President told that both of them are thoughtful men with great experience, and assured that element represents a source of some comfort as the world looks how the U.S. administration is handling this crisis with Kim Jong Un’s regime.
Naturally, these comments represent a clear departure from Democrats who have roundly criticized the President’s handling of the situation with the so-called hermit kingdom. As reported in a previous article, one of the greatest examples of the Democrats’ stance on this issue was former President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who said that President Trump should accept North Korea as a nuclear power.
Another case of Democratic figures criticizing Trump on this matter is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). On Wednesday she said through a statement that it’s long past time for Trump administration to get serious about Kim Jong Un’s threat and produce a clear-headed, calculated and consistent strategy. In fact, she even said that Trump’s rhetoric demonstrates weakness.
As reported by several media outlets during the last days, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) determined that North Korea is now capable of constructing miniaturized nuclear weapons that could be used as warheads for missiles.
The most significant fact about this concerning issue was that the DIA actually concluded this back in 2013, but then-President Barack Obama tried to downplay and even discredit this crucial report at the time. While it remains unclear if this is the reason why Gore said that Trump inherited a huge disaster, it is a fact that Obama’s passivity on North Korea has been quite significant in the ongoing situation with the communist regime.
During a House Armed Services Committee hearing on April 11, 2013, Congressman Doug Lamborn inadvertently revealed some unclassified sentences from a DIA report that assured it had determined that this Asian nation had the capability to make nuclear weapon in a small size.
Al Gore admitted that President Trump “inherited a very dangerous situation” in North Korea from Obama’s foreign department
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Apparently, both Obama officials and the Director of National Intelligence subsequently tried to dismiss this delicate disclosure by claiming the DIA assessment was an outlier that didn’t reflect the views of the rest of the Intelligence Community.
Experts assure that the reason why Obama officials took this stance back in those days was that the DIA report represented inconvenient facts that threatened Obama´s North Korea “strategic patience” policy.
Of course, the cornerstone of this policy was to do absolutely nothing about North Korea and kick this delicate problem down the road to the next president. Getting to this point, and considering that America could be about to enter a new war against Kim Jong Un’s regime, it can be said that this grotesque strategy had the expected results.