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Pete Hoekstra: Trump's Nuclear Remark Wasn't 'Smart'


By    |   Friday, 01 Apr 2016 05:17 PM

Donald Trump's assertion that "nothing should be off the table" when it comes to nuclear weapons illustrates his naiveté on foreign policy issues, former House Intelligence Committee chair Pete Hoekstra tells Newsmax TV.

In an interview Friday with "Hard Line" host Ed Berliner, the author of "Architects of Disaster"and Shillman Senior Fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism says Trump's message is one America has left unspoken for years.

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"I don't think it's a smart thing for him to come out and say it," Hoekstra said. "I think these are the kinds of things that demonstrate that Donald Trump hasn't recognized yet how difficult foreign policy is."

Hoekstra, arguing that President Barack Obama "really did blow up much of our foreign policy" over the past eight years, says America's allies now are looking for "stability from their closest ally."

"They're seeing Donald Trump maybe doing the same kind of things," Hoekstra said. "They don't want to see wild swings in foreign policy."

Hoekstra added one of the biggest nuclear threats on the world stage may be ISIS terrorists looking "to create bigger and bigger attacks" — including dirty bombs.

"And Europe and the United States are providing them the window of opportunity to actually do it because we're not serious about confronting the threat," he said.

"There's a tremendous amount [of fissionable material] out there when you put it in regards to how much you actually need to have to make a bomb," he said. "There's a lot floating around North Korea, Pakistan, Iran."

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