Pakistan, one of nine nations with nuclear weapons, shares a hotly contested border region with India, another major nuclear power. The region is a powder keg of nuclear tension, and even a small misstep by American leadership could potentially destabilize the region and threaten the world with nuclear war. Enter the bull in the china shop: president-elect Donald Trump, displaying his characteristic reckless ignorance of important policy matters, made bizarre and dangerous remarks on a Thursday call with Pakistan’s Prime minister. Trump was most likely unaware of the potentially disastrous consequences of his words, and while that is par for the course in his world, it should have Americans – and the rest of the world – deeply concerned.

Time Magazine reports:

There are few foreign policy topics quite as complicated as the relationship between India and Pakistan, South Asia’s nuclear-armed nemeses. Any world leader approaching the issue even obliquely must surely see the “Handle With Care” label from miles away, given the possibility of nuclear conflict.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, however, doesn’t seem to have read the memo, injecting a pronounced element of uncertainty about the position of the world’s only remaining superpower on this most complex of subjects in a call with the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Read the Time article here: Donald Trump’s Phone Conversation With the Leader of Pakistan Was Reckless and Bizarre | TIME