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Rep. Seth Moulton On North Korea And His Future (Non)Presidential Plans

August 9, 2017

“It's a little frightening when you have a commander-in-chief and a secretary of state who are clearly not on the same page,” Congressman Seth Moulton told Jim Braude on Greater Boston.

The comment came a day after President Trump declared North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if the nation attacks the U.S. or its allies. Moulton, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, raised serious concerns about the ongoing showdown.

“I agree with Senator McCain, who said that this kind of rhetoric is dangerous,” he said. “It's dangerous for our national security, it's dangerous for Americans and our troops in Seoul. The tough part of this is that there is no military solution …. We cannot just take out the North Korean nuclear arsenal without them launching an artillery attack that would literally kill tens of thousands of Americans — hundreds of thousands of South Koreans — on the first day.”

“Donald Trump is a chickenhawk,” Moulton went on. “He took five deferments — privileged deferments — so that some child of a working family could go instead to serve in his place in Vietnam; and now he's acting as a tough guy on the international stage. When you act as a tough guy as the commander-in-chief, threatening military options that are not good military options, then people don't believe you.”

Some of Trump’s detractors have used the terms “unstable” or “unhinged” in relation to the president in recent weeks — descriptors that go a bridge too far for Moulton right now. But he did express other concerns.

“I would certainly say erratic, uncontrolled emotions, someone who cannot be trusted,” said Moulton. “I mean we literally can't trust him to speak the truth every single day. And, you know, that's frightening in a military commander …. integrity is so important when it comes to our national security. You have to trust what someone says. People can't trust Donald Trump.”

When asked about the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our election and whether the president obstructed justice, Moulton warned he is not a lawyer, but made his opinion on the matter clear.

“I believe, from what I've heard from what I've seen, that he has absolutely tried to obstruct this investigation and that he has done things that fundamentally are ... hurtful to our own country,” Moulton said. “If you collude with our greatest enemy of the last 65 years to try to get yourself elected, that's something that, just in principle, you should be impeached for.”

As for his own future plans and a lengthy recent profile in Politico claiming he is considering his own run for president, Moulton denied the claim.

“I am not running,” he said, with a smile on his face, as Braude pressed him on the issue. “I’m going to Iowa [and the Democrats’ Polk County Steak Fry] because I'm going to tap into the tremendous activism that is in Iowa and can help us win in 2018 to restore some balance to Washington, to get people in public office who deserve to be there, because we're going to put the country first.”

To see Jim's full interview with Congressman Seth Moulton, click on the video link above.


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