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Americans don’t trust Trump with authority to order nuclear attacks: Poll

US President Donald Trump prepares to address the annual March for Life rally, taking place on the National Mall, from the White House Rose Garden in Washington, US, January 19, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

A majority of Americans don't trust US President Donald Trump with the authority to order nuclear attacks on other countries, a new poll finds. 

A Washington Post/ABC News poll published on Tuesday finds 60 percent of respondents don't trust Trump with the authority, and only 38 percent say they trust the president to handle the authority to launch nuclear attacks on other countries.

The poll also finds that 52 percent of the public is worried that Trump will launch a nuclear attack without any justification.

About one-third of those respondents say they are "very" concerned.

The poll was conducted from January 15 to 18 among 1,005 adults and has a 3.5 percent margin of error.

The recent exchanges between US and North Korean officials regarding their nuclear arsenals made news headlines across the globe. It began with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s address, insisting that he has a "nuclear button" on his office desk and warning that "the entire territory of the US is within the range of our nuclear strike." 

However, in a drastic shift from Trump’s latest exchange with Kim, earlier this month, the US president told South Korea's leader Moon Jae-in that he is open to talks with Kim, whom he has referred to as “little rocket man.”

At the same time, Trump further insisted that any talks would come with conditions, without elaborating on them.

Officials from the two Koreas recently met for their highest-level talks in two years, with the North agreeing to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics next month in South Korea.

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