Trump Takes Credit for New Talks Between North and South Korea, Calls for Voter ID Laws

| JAN 4, 2018 | 2:02 PM
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President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Thursday morning to address two major news stories: the proposed renewed talks between South Korea and North Korea and his administration's shuttering of his controversial commission investigating allegations of voter fraud.

“Many mostly Democrat states refused to hand over data from the 2016 election to the Commission On Voter Fraud,” Trump tweeted just after 6:00 a.m. ET. “They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.”

Trump's tweets come just hours after the White House issued a press release containing similar language blaming “many states” which “have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry” for the commission's demise.

The president, on multiple occasions, has claimed that “millions” of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, despite numerous experts stating otherwise, including more than 100 political scientists from universities and colleges who have disputed the claim.

Trump also continued to stir the pot regarding tensions between the United States and North Korea during his morning twitterstorm, days after insisting he has a “much bigger” and “more powerful” nuclear launch button than Kim Jong Un. The president argued that his aggressive tactics have led North and South Korea to open up an, up until recently, dormant line of communication.

“With all of the failed 'experts' weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total 'might' against the North,” Trump wrote.

“Fools, but talks are a good thing!”

Trump appears to be referring to North Korea establishing contact with South Korea on Wednesday through a diplomatic phone line for the first time since 2016. However, the outreach followed Kim Jong Un expressing a desire to have a presence at the 2018 Olympic games being held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, during his annual New Year's Eve address.

“I am willing to send a delegation and take necessary measures, and I believe that the authorities of the North and South can urgently meet to discuss the matter,” Kim said.

The president also went after another one of his favorite targets on Twitter Thursday morning: the NFL. Trump retweeted a photo of a woman, with a baby, appearing to cry at the foot of a fallen soldier's grave. “This is why we stand,” the caption reads.

“So beautiful....Show this picture to the NFL players who still kneel!” Trump wrote in his retweet of the image, which currently has over 37 thousand likes.