Trump Says He Wants a Nuclear Arms Race

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Trump Says He Wants a Nuclear Arms Race

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump sowed more doubt about his position on nuclear proliferation on Friday, reportedly welcoming an arms race even as his spokesman insisted that an atomic weapons build-up was not likely to happen.

Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, caused alarm on Thursday on Twitter, saying the United States “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

On Friday, he had an off-air phone conversation about the tweet with MSNBC TV host Mika Brzezinski, who said Trump told her, “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” MSNBC did not play his comments on air.

But Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said in a round of television interviews on Friday that Trump’s comments were meant to send a general message of strength to countries like Russia and China rather than indicate the United States planned to build up its nuclear capabilities.

“He is going to do what it takes to protect this country and if another country or countries want to threaten our safety and sovereignty, he is going to do what it takes,” Spicer said on CNN.

“If another country expands theirs (nuclear capability), the United States will act in kind … But I do believe that it won’t happen because I think what they have seen, domestically and internationally, is this is a man of action,” Spicer said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Russia has never initiated an arms race and never will, the RIA news agency reported.

Trump’s tweet prompted analysts to question whether Trump was threatening to abrogate the 2011 New START treaty, which limits deployed warheads and delivery systems – or would begin deploying other warheads.

The United States is one of five nuclear weapons states allowed to keep a nuclear arsenal under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The others are Russia, Britain, France and China.

The U.S. is in the midst of a $1 trillion, 30-year modernization of its aging ballistic missile submarines, bombers and land-based missiles, a price tag that most experts say the U.S. cannot afford.


Russia, also bound by the treaty limits, is also carrying out a modernization program but is not expanding its warhead stockpile.

Shares of uranium producers and a nuclear fuel technology company have jumped on Trump’s comments with Uranium Resources Inc, Uranium Energy Corp, Cameco Corp and Lightbridge Corp all trading higher on Friday.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. US, no matter how many megatons can deploy, would not be able to survive a nuclear exchange neither indirectly other nations, much less Israel which, in spite of brandishing power and exerting influence on US affairs, must take into account that her small size cannot withstand the smallest device reaching into its occupied territory so, smarter move to be made by the Likud gang would be to deflate the WMD arsenal and influence Donald in that direction. The Pentagon has fought all wars pleasing the lowest instincts of Jewry but, another thing is to keep pleasing it and simultaneously pay the price of national suicide. Common sense scarcity seems to be the endemic relevant note transpiring from DC.

  2. Fair points, well made but geez talk about rock and hard places, like a choice between facing Michael Holding or Shane Warne. Either way you ain’t gonna survive too easily.

    Very sad.

  3. I don’t believe anything can be added to that article. Trump is a fool. Has no idea of the real world outside his Towers and wealthy trappings. His knowledge of how the world works is limited and the fact he is nothing more than a poodle for Nuttybombyou.
    This man is about to embark on a dangerous path and drag America along with him.
    Not only is he crazy but he obviously doesn’t perceive the dangerous future America is facing: monetary collapse and unsustainable military spending that is even now bankrupting America. The financial disaster that is headed our way can no more be halted than a run away train.
    The man is a bully. Unrepentant, self serving, narcissistic and a dangerous megalomaniac.

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