CNN's Jack Kingston compares Trump's nuclear button tweet to Reagan saying "tear down that wall"
Kingston: "So I think what the president is doing is right, and I think these were the same people who were appalled when Ronald Reagan said, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall."
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From the January 3 edition of CNN Newsroom with John Berman and Poppy Harlow:
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JOHN BERMAN (CO-HOST): So, Congressman Kingston, to you, do you agree with that statement?
JACK KINGSTON: No --
BERMAN: Do the president's comments make America less safe? Go ahead.
KINGSTON: I don't. We have so many armchair advisers from State Department circles who know how to run the world, who if they were just in charge, the world would be a wonderful place. But we've seen in North Korea failed attempts by Republicans and the Democrats, trying to get the Kim Jong Un family under control. And you can't do it easily. Nobody knows the crystal-clear path. I think what the president is doing is giving the rhetoric right back to him. At the same hand, working with the international community, trying to get China, trying to get Russia on board. And he's trying to get [Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson and South Korea to say, try diplomatic solutions, as well. So I think what the president is doing is right, and I think these were the same people who were appalled when Ronald Reagan said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall." They're always the same armchair academic types from think tank who have all the little crystal clear solutions and they get approval from their own small circles, but they're not out there in the real world.