Trump needs the NRA and its 5 million members. All of them are potential Trump voters.
He flaunts his power, because he can — always with the goal of drawing as much attention to himself as possible. And that's easy to get when you casually sow destruction.
It is quite apparent that Trump has flipped the switch in the matter of North Korea.
Trump does not see America as the leader or protecting power of “the free world” or “the West” with all the rights, duties and costs, but also profits, that that role brings with it.
Trump may also be aware that this year he needs the support of gun owners more than ever if he wants to secure the majority in Congress.
Iran’s nuclear ambitions still need to be stopped. It’s not enough to simply nix. You still need to fix.