US President Donald Trump has once again claimed that former President Barack Obama was close to start a catastrophic conflict with North Korea, reported CNN.
Trump added that if he “wasn’t elected, there would have been a war” as his predecessor was close to “pressing the trigger.”
But those who worked in the previous administration say Trump’s assertion is simply untrue.
“President Obama thought you had to go to war. You know how close he was to pressing the trigger,” Trump said at the press conference, adding that “not thousands … millions of people would have been killed” in what “could have been a world war.”
“If I wasn’t elected, you’d be in a war,” Trump declared, seeking to bolster his claim by implying that Obama had “essentially” told him so directly.
It is not the first time that Trump has portrayed Obama’s dealings with North Korea as a failure or implied the previous administration was on the precipice of war in an attempt to boost public perceptions about his own quest for a diplomatic resolution with Pyongyang.
In June, a week after his summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump suggested that the media would have named Obama a “national hero” if he too had “gotten along” with the totalitarian regime.