South Korea appoints special foreign affairs official to monitor Trump’s tweets
South Korea has created a new position in its foreign ministry only to only to monitor Donald Trump’s tweets.
The country’s North American Affairs Bureau will now be closely screening Trump’s posts, with special attention given to tweets relating to Korea and northeast Asia, reported the JoongAng Daily.
An officer had been assigned the task of following Mr Trump’s social media missives because the Korean government “is still in the process of building ties with Trump and does not have a lot of insight into his foreign policies – like most of the world”.
One of Trump’s most recent Korea-related Twitter proclamations was in response to the New Year address by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, who indicated that his regime was close to being able to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to targets in the United States. “It won’t happen!” declared Trump.
Trump had posted a series of inflammatory tweets at China and North Korea, in a break from historic foreign policy protocol.
On Monday, Mr Trump posted on Twitter: “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!”
Later that day, he took aim at China, saying, “China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!”
Since winning the election, Trump has upended precedent by routinely taking to Twitter to lambast critics and issue statements on foreign affairs – sometimes about the most serious national security issues.
Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency, has criticised Trump for his barbs on social media messages, which have covered issues ranging from Taiwan to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.