'Donald Trump is stirring North Korea crisis to detract from Russia probe'

'North Korea tensions are now typical due to Donald Trump's lack of credibility'

Alan Friedman says Donald Trump is ignorant and inexperienced

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Donald Trump is stirring tension with North Korea to detract from the ongoing investigations into his relationship with Russia.

That's the view of American journalist Alan Friedman, who spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer as the back-and-forth between Pyongyang and the White House continues.

North Korea has threatened to launch four missiles towards the US territory of Guam, while Trump has promised to hurl "fire and fury" at the rogue Communist state. The spat comes as three separate investigations on Russia - led by the FBI and the two houses of Congress - continue to inch forward.

Friedman: "Here in the United States we consider the situation typical of a President Trump who no longer has a great deal of credibility.

"Every time Donald Trump gets into more trouble with his Russia investigation he creates some kind of international crisis. He makes threats."

He said Trump made the threats "without consulting his advisors. Without anyone knowing he was going to use such strong language."

This shows that he is "ignorant and inexperienced and unfortunately impulsive."

Friedman added: "I think the North Koreans will probably not fire four missiles that will attack Guam, or will fire some more missiles into the water and the United States hopefully will be restrained.

"There are moves going forward right now as we speak in the US Congress to try to place legal restraints on Trump’s ability to trigger nuclear weapons, it's never been like that before."

Listen to the full interview above