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Bob Woodward Reveals The Deleted Trump Tweet That The Pentagon Feared Could Start A War With North Korea

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Before they were international besties, United States President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un battled back and forth with put downs, name calling and threatening tweets. One of those tweets may have gone too far.


According to the new book Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward, the celebrated journalist famous for breaking the Watergate scandal, a tweet by Trump could have led to war with North Korea.

On CBS Sunday Morning, Woodward talked about a time when a Trump tweet "scared the daylights" out of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Woodward told CBS:

He drafts a tweet saying 'We are going to pull out dependents from South Korea ... Family members of the 28,000 people there' At that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, 'My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as an attack is imminent.'

Luckily they were able to put the kibosh on the tweet and avoid killing us all.



People found the revelation jarring.



But the revelation led to an even more disturbing realization.



Really? The tweets are screened? And all those other tweets cleared? Covfefe?



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If those are the vetted tweets, what could Trump be saying when left unchecked?

H/T: Huffington Post, Vice News