John Oliver Mocks Trump’s Nuke Stance
On his HBO show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver made light of the comments Donald Trump made in favor of nuclear proliferation.
“’Absolutely’ — he says that with the confidence of a man who could easily find Saudi Arabia on the map if he was given three tries and the map only included countries ending in ‘Arabia,'” Oliver said in response to Trump’s answer of giving the Saudis nukes.
“This week Trump also refused to rule out using nuclear weapons in Europe for reasons including, and I quote, ‘Europe is a big place.’ ‘It’s a big place’ is not a good excuse for using nuclear weapons. It’s a barely a good excuse for peeing in the ocean,” the comedian continued.
The Hill reports:
Oliver additionally needled Trump over President Obama’s response.
“It was clearly extremely important that the president try and reassure the rest of the planet by providing some context for Trump’s remarks. President Obama is basically implying that you could fill a book with the things that Donald Trump doesn’t know, that book being the encyclopedia.”
Obama argued last Friday that Trump is unfit for the Oval Office after the businessman suggested Japan and South Korea should obtain nuclear weapons.
“They tell us that the person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean peninsula or the world generally,” he said at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C.
Trump has charged that Japan and South Korea acquiring nuclear arms would reduce U.S. military involvement in Asia.
He has repeatedly called for a more unpredictable foreign policy, arguing he would not publicly remove nuclear weapons from the nation’s military strategies under any circumstances.