“This is the final question,” Howard Stern said toward the end of a 2006 interview in which Trump appeared. “Are you ready? You are the president of the United States. What do we do about North Korea?”
“I would be so tough, you have no idea,” Trump replied. “You have no idea how tough I’d be.”
“Embargoes?” Stern asked.
“Well, I think I’d go beyond embargoes,” Trump said. “I would be so tough, but I wouldn’t send [Bush’s Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice in to negotiate.”
Stern asked why, to which Trump replied, “I don’t think she’s tough enough. I mean, I don’t think she’s a tough person.”
When Stern asked if Rice was a “lightweight,” Trump said he thought she was “not tough enough to do a good job.”
Eleven years later and now POTUS Trump is dealing with North Korea head on. Yesterday President Trump tweeted accusing his predecessors of failing to deal with North Korea’s nuclear program but stated he would not be doing the same.
“Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail,” he said on Twitter.
Trump also tweeted suggesting that his presumably “tough enough” Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was wasting his time dealing with Kim Jong Un.
“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” he said. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”