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Levin on N. Korea Nuking Up: Past Admins. ‘Pretended’ to Solve the Problem, Were 'Utterly Irresponsible’

Gage Cohen
By Gage Cohen | August 10, 2017 | 1:28 PM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin (Flickr Photo/Labeled for Reuse)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Thursday, host Mark Levin criticized previous administrations and their officials as “utterly irresponsible” for attacking President Donald Trump when they only “pretended” to solve the crisis created by North Korea obtaining nuclear weapons.

“Past presidents pretended they were involved in effective diplomacy, pretended that they had put a cap on what was going on, when they knew full well that they had not,” said Mark Levin. “Truthfully, utterly irresponsible, these administrations over a quarter century’s time.”

Mark Levin’s comments come a day after North Korea threatened to target the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam with medium-long range ballistic missiles.

Read the transcript of Levin’s remarks below:

“And now, according to The Washington Post, which received a leak yesterday, they [North Korea] have upwards of 60 nuclear warheads, and they’re miniaturized so they can put them in the, in an ICBM capsule. And they’re perfecting their ICBMs, so now they can hit part of the continental United States. They can hit American territories. They can hit Alaska. They can hit Hawaii. They can hit Guam. They can hit the west coast of the United states.

“In fact, they can go as far as Denver right now. And soon, they'll be able to hit the entirety of the United States.

“This is a big deal. And the President of the United States is trying to cope with it.

“Past presidents pretended they were involved in effective diplomacy, pretended that they had put a cap on what was going on, knowing full well they had not – whether it’s George H.W. Bush or Bill Clinton or George W. Bush or Barack Obama.

“Truthfully, utterly irresponsible, these administrations over a quarter century’s time.  And yet the same entrenched foreign policy establishment – whether it’s at the State Department, or I‘m watching Bill Cohen, former Defense Secretary under Clinton, Leon Panetta, former Defense Secretary under Obama, Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence under Obama – all of them are coming forward to condemn Donald Trump, and yet they, at least in part, are responsible for where we are today. They are.

“The entire foreign policy establishment in Washington, D.C., they’re responsible for this.

“They’re invited on TV to critique, thereby criticize Trump and his administration, rather than them being questioned – grilled – about what they did or what they failed to do. It’s incredible.

“And they all go on TV, this Andrea Mitchell, this fool, the Morning Joe. John McCain’s out there. John McCain’s been in the Senate forever. He’s the chairman of the Armed Services Committee. What the hell did he do? What did he do? Ben Cardin, senator from Maryland, he’s been a Congressman from Maryland. What did he do?”