When Donald Trump flirted with a 2000 campaign, he proposed bombing North Korea

September 9, 2016 1:24 PM

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For a brief period in late 1999 and early 2000 — a period that overlapped with the release of his book "The America We Deserve" — Donald Trump hinted at a possible run for the presidency. This was only a few years after Ross Perot's second run for the presidency, of course, when the Texas businessman managed to pull 8 percent of the national vote on the Reform Party ticket. Trump semi-seriously hinted that he'd pick up the torch from Perot, announcing that he planned to form an exploratory committee in an interview with Larry King and switching his voter registration to independent.

A review of Trump's arguments for his potential candidacy at that point would sound familiar to anyone who has been paying attention to the 2016 election. But there is one difference: Trump gained a lot of attention for suggesting that he would initiate a preemptive strike against North Korea in ord...

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