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Poll: Trump Not Trusted Regarding North Korea

September 23, 2017

From The Washington Post.

Two-thirds of Americans oppose launching a preemptive military strike against North Korea, with a majority trusting the U.S. military to handle the escalating nuclear crisis responsibly but not President Trump, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.

Roughly three-quarters support tougher economic sanctions on North Korea in an attempt to force the isolated nation to give up its nuclear weapons, while a far smaller one-third of Americans think the United States should offer foreign aid or other incentives.

The Post-ABC poll finds 37 percent of adults trust Trump either “a great deal” or “a good amount” to responsibly handle the situation with North Korea, while 42 percent trust the commander in chief “not at all.” By comparison, 72 percent trust U.S. military leaders, with 43 percent saying they trust them “a great deal.”

A war of words last week between Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un may have opened a potentially dangerous new chapter in the crisis. Trump denounced Kim as a “madman,” Kim called Trump “a mentally deranged U.S. dotard,” and each man vowed to test the other as never before. Washington rolled out new sanctions Thursday, while Pyongyang threatened to soon test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

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