Donald Trump with World War 3 tweet

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Everyone is freaking out about this Trump tweet from 2013

Of course Trump already tweeted about World War III.


Kris Seavers


Posted on Aug 9, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:07 pm CDT

There’s an old President Trump tweet for every occasion, and World War III is no exception.

“Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III,” Trump tweeted four years ago.

The 2013 tweet made the rounds on Twitter again this week after Barack Obama’s former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics mistakenly thought it was a recent post.

If anything, it’s terrifying foreshadowing on Trump’s part. The president threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” in a statement Tuesday, responding to reports that the country has successfully produced a miniature nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

Hours later, a North Korean news report said the country’s military is “examining the operational plan” to strike areas around the U.S. territory of Guam with ballistic missiles.

Twitter responded to Trump’s 2013 tweet, which is a little too on the nose for 2017, with general anxiety.

Even as the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attempted to downplay the threats of nuclear warfare, Trump took to Twitter again Wednesday to boast about the strength of the U.S. arsenal.

“Hopefully we will never have to use this power,” Trump added.

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*First Published: Aug 9, 2017, 1:41 pm CDT