Trump says United States nuclear arsenal stronger than ever

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

In return, North Korea threatened to strike a U.S. base on Guam, its most specific threat so far.

On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted that U.S. military solutions were "fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

"My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal", the president wrote shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday. The posturing plays well with an evangelical base that would not traditionally have backed a twice-divorced reality show host and property developer from New York City.

That's quite a claim considering Mr. Trump has only been president 200 or so days.

He did not order the modernization of the nuclear arsenal. "He may in future, once the Department of Defense's nuclear review is complete, but that prospect is still months away". The spread of fallout, and the threat of a spiral of attacks that could bring about a "nuclear winter", all but guarantee that Americans would share in the suffering and loss of a nuclear exchange on the Korean peninsula or anywhere in the Pacific. And while he hoped that "we will never have to use this power", the world can be certain that the United States "is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before". "There's no point at which this statement touches reality".

Though Trump briefly paid Obama respect when the two met during the transition period, he quickly reverted back to criticizing the former president after taking office, taking aim at key cornerstones of Obama's legacy like the Affordable Care Act and the landmark Paris climate agreement.

Rasmussen Reports, a poll Trump himself has cited on Twitter, shows 45 percent of likely US voters approve of his performance. Something tells me that, for Twitter, there's no way to come out of this looking good. Humphrey also said that Trump is "impaired by a seriously sick psyche", and that "his sick mind and reckless conduct could consume the lives of millions".

Lewis noted that these reviews have actually generally slowed progress by delaying decision-making.

Just as important, there is also no public indication that the nuclear arsenal is suddenly more advanced or stronger than it was decades ago. "He will ask: 'Did Obama approve this?' And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: 'We don't.' He won't even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate". A total of 28,589 Twitter users took the poll and 61% chose President Trump, while just 39% chose Obama.

Kingston Reif, who researches nuclear disarmament at the Arms Control Association, pointed out that the United States has long had powerful nuclear capabilities. "Don't put it past him", Trump tweeted on October 17, 2012.

Trump appears to have been careful with his wording.

But neither the insinuation nor the underlying contention about the nuclear program suggest he understands what he's talking about.

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