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  • Denis Pepin

Trump's 2024 Re-Election: A Path to Nuclear Conflict

Updated: Jun 13

A surreal image of a city on fire under a mushroom cloud and Donald Trump standing overlooking like a dictator.
U.S. citizens, don’t permit one deranged mind to determine his own fate and end everything.

The possibility of a nuclear war with a major power has always been a shadow looming over the global political landscape, but with the potential re-election of Donald Trump in 2024, this specter could become alarmingly tangible. Trump's previous tenure as president demonstrated a marked disdain for traditional diplomacy and international cooperation, favoring instead a more confrontational and unilateral approach. His return to office could significantly exacerbate global tensions, pushing the world toward the brink of nuclear conflict, particularly in light of the ongoing wars in Palestine and Ukraine.


Trump's Foreign Policy: A Legacy of Unpredictability and Aggression


During his first term, Trump's foreign policy was characterized by unpredictability and aggression. He withdrew the United States from several key international agreements, including the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. These decisions undermined decades of diplomatic efforts aimed at controlling nuclear proliferation and maintaining strategic stability.


Moreover, Trump's rhetoric often leaned toward the provocative. His threats of "fire and fury" directed at North Korea in 2017 and his decision to assassinate Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in 2020 highlighted his willingness to use force rather than diplomacy. These actions not only escalated tensions but also set dangerous precedents for future conflicts.

Trump's Nuclear Folly: How He Nearly Started a War with North Korea


Trump suggested attacking North Korea with a nuclear bomb in 2017 when he was president of the United States. He reportedly discussed this idea privately in the Oval Office and said that he could blame the strike on another country to avoid responsibility. He also considered launching a preemptive military attack against North Korea. His comments alarmed his then-chief of staff John Kelly, who tried to dissuade him from pursuing such a dangerous course of action. Trump's suggestion also contradicted U.S. policy of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and maintaining a nuclear umbrella over its allies.


The Erosion of International Norms and Institutions


Trump's approach to international relations has shown a marked disregard for the norms and institutions that have traditionally governed global interactions. His skepticism towards NATO, frequent criticisms of the United Nations, and strained relationships with key allies have weakened the structures designed to prevent conflicts and promote cooperation.


By undermining these institutions, Trump has contributed to a more fragmented and volatile international system. Without the stabilizing influence of these organizations, the risk of miscommunication and miscalculation between major powers increases, heightening the possibility of a nuclear confrontation.

The Risk of Escalation with Major Powers in Current Conflicts


Trump's confrontational style and disregard for diplomatic norms could significantly heighten tensions with major powers involved in the current conflicts in Palestine and Ukraine. Both regions are highly volatile and have the potential to draw in major global players, raising the stakes for international security.


Palestine: A Flashpoint in the Middle East


The ongoing conflict in Palestine, marked by intermittent wars and continuous tension between Israel and Palestinian groups, remains a flashpoint in the Middle East. Trump's previous policies favored a staunchly pro-Israel stance, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing it as Israel's capital, which inflamed tensions in the region. His re-election could see a return to such policies, further destabilizing the region.


A more aggressive U.S. stance in support of Israel could provoke Iran, a key supporter of Palestinian factions like Hamas, potentially leading to a broader regional conflict. Given Iran's nuclear ambitions and the fragile state of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, this could escalate into a nuclear confrontation involving not just regional but also global powers.

Ukraine: The Epicenter of East-West Tensions


The war in Ukraine has brought back Cold War-era tensions between the West and Russia. Trump's ambiguous stance towards Russia, coupled with his often-critical view of NATO, complicates the West's unified response to Russian aggression. His previous reluctance to confront Russia over its annexation of Crimea and military interventions in Ukraine has raised questions about his commitment to European security.


A second Trump administration might undermine NATO's collective security guarantees, emboldening Russia to further its territorial ambitions. This could lead to a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia, with the ever-present threat of nuclear escalation given both sides' extensive arsenals.


How Milley Prevented Trump from Starting a Nuclear War


General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was concerned about the possibility of former President Donald Trump launching a nuclear war or an attack on China in the final days of his presidency, according to a book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. The book, titled "Peril," reveals that Milley took secret actions to prevent Trump from misusing the country’s nuclear arsenal or escalating tensions with China.


Some of the actions that Milley reportedly took were:

  • He called his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, twice to assure him that the U.S. was not going to attack China and that he would warn him in advance if that changed.

  • He convened a meeting with senior military officials to review the procedures for launching nuclear weapons and reminded them that he had to be involved in any decision.

  • He spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and assured her that the nuclear triggers were secure and that he would not allow anything “crazy, illegal, immoral, or unethical” to happen.


Milley’s actions have sparked controversy and debate over whether he overstepped his authority or acted appropriately to protect national security and prevent a potential catastrophe. Some have praised Milley for being a “patriot” and a “hero” who prevented a “rogue” president from starting a war.

The Impact on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Efforts


Trump's skepticism towards multilateral agreements poses a significant threat to global nuclear non-proliferation efforts. His withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal not only strained relations with Tehran but also signaled to other countries that the U.S. might not honor its international commitments. This undermines the credibility of non-proliferation treaties and could encourage other nations to pursue nuclear capabilities as a means of safeguarding their interests.


Furthermore, Trump's approach may embolden other nuclear-armed states to flout international norms. North Korea, for instance, has continued to develop its nuclear arsenal despite multiple summits and negotiations with the Trump administration. Without a consistent and committed approach to non-proliferation, the risk of nuclear proliferation increases, raising the chances of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of unstable regimes or non-state actors.


The Role of Domestic Politics


Domestic politics also play a crucial role in shaping Trump's foreign policy. His "America First" doctrine prioritizes domestic economic and political interests over international cooperation. This inward-looking approach often leads to policies that are short-sighted and reactive, rather than strategic and preventive.


Moreover, Trump's rhetoric and policies often appeal to his base by emphasizing strength and nationalism. This domestic pressure can push him towards more aggressive foreign policy decisions, further increasing the risk of conflict. The polarization within the U.S. political landscape means that any conciliatory or diplomatic approach is likely to be viewed as weakness, making it difficult to pursue more measured and calculated policies.

The Future of Global Security


The re-election of Donald Trump in 2024 could have profound implications for global security. His preference for unilateral action over multilateral diplomacy, coupled with his aggressive rhetoric and unpredictable behavior, increases the risk of miscalculation and conflict with major powers. The weakening of international norms and institutions, the erosion of nuclear non-proliferation efforts, and the volatile domestic political environment further exacerbate these risks.


To avoid a catastrophic spiral towards nuclear war, it is imperative for the international community to reaffirm its commitment to diplomacy, dialogue, and cooperation. Strengthening the institutions and agreements that have historically maintained global stability is crucial. Additionally, fostering a more nuanced and strategic approach to foreign policy that balances national interests with global security considerations is essential.

Reaffirming Diplomatic Norms and Institutions


The international community must take concerted steps to reaffirm the importance of diplomatic norms and institutions. Re-engaging with international treaties and organizations, such as the United Nations and NATO, can help rebuild trust and cooperation among nations. These institutions play a vital role in mediating conflicts, facilitating dialogue, and ensuring compliance with international laws.


For the U.S., this means not only participating in but also leading efforts to strengthen these institutions. By demonstrating a commitment to multilateralism, the U.S. can help create a more stable and predictable international environment. This approach can mitigate the risks associated with unilateral actions and ensure that conflicts are resolved through dialogue rather than force.

Strengthening Nuclear Non-Proliferation


Recommitting to nuclear non-proliferation efforts is essential to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and reduce the risk of nuclear conflict. This involves not only rejoining agreements like the Iran nuclear deal but also engaging in new arms control negotiations with both allies and adversaries.


Efforts to modernize and expand existing treaties, such as the New START treaty with Russia, can provide a framework for managing nuclear arsenals and preventing an arms race. Additionally, pursuing diplomatic solutions to regional conflicts that have nuclear dimensions, such as the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, is critical.

Promoting Strategic Stability


Promoting strategic stability requires a long-term approach to foreign policy that balances deterrence with engagement. This involves maintaining a credible defense posture while actively seeking opportunities for dialogue and cooperation with potential adversaries. Building confidence and reducing the perception of threat can help prevent escalatory dynamics that could lead to nuclear conflict.


Engagement with China and Russia, despite the challenges, remains crucial. Establishing clear communication channels, conducting regular strategic dialogues, and pursuing mutual agreements on issues such as cyber security, space, and nuclear arms control can reduce misunderstandings and build trust.

Enhancing Domestic Political Consensus


Finally, enhancing domestic political consensus on foreign policy can contribute to a more consistent and strategic approach. This involves fostering bipartisan support for key international agreements and policies, as well as promoting a broader understanding of the importance of global engagement among the public.


Educational initiatives and public diplomacy efforts can help build a more informed and supportive domestic environment for international cooperation. By bridging the partisan divide and creating a shared vision for U.S. foreign policy, the country can pursue a more coherent and effective strategy.




The potential re-election of Donald Trump in 2024 presents significant risks to global security, particularly in terms of nuclear conflict. His previous tenure demonstrated a preference for unilateralism, aggression, and unpredictability, undermining diplomatic norms and institutions and increasing tensions with major powers. The current conflicts in Palestine and Ukraine add to the complexity and urgency of these issues. To prevent a catastrophic spiral towards nuclear war, it is essential for the international community to reaffirm its commitment to diplomacy, strengthen non-proliferation efforts, promote strategic stability, and enhance domestic political consensus. By doing so, we can work towards a more stable and secure world, mitigating the risks posed by a return to Trump's foreign policy.


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