Straying from more mundane topics such as child vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced a January 19 briefing focused on nuclear war preparedness, a decision that comes amid escalating tensions between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the notice states. “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.”
It was not only average Americans who were unsettled by Trump's latest tweet at North Korea, mocking the size of the leader's nuclear button.
Trump's tweets have alarmed policy experts who say they could exacerbate tensions. Over the weekend, Mike Mullen, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, said the U.S. is closer to nuclear war with North Korea "than we have ever been."