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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation's highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room. Trump's comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve. According to the officials present, Trump's advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the build-up. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.

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The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide U.S. forces and operations. It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump is a "moron." Revelations of Trump's comments that day come as the U.S. is locked in a high-stakes standoff with North Korea over its nuclear ambitions and is poised to set off a fresh confrontation with Iran by not certifying to Congress that Tehran is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Any increase in America's nuclear arsenal would not only break with decades of U.S. nuclear doctrine but also violate international disarmament treaties signed by every president since Ronald Reagan. Nonproliferation experts warned that such a move could set off a global arms race.

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How many times does this man need to prove his unfitness for the office he holds? How many times does he need to display that he does not have the intellect nor rationality to have his finger on the nuclear button? This whole narrative has passed humorous, skipped by questionable, and is barrelling full-speed-ahead toward "WTF were we thinking, this moron might end the world."

In this light, Corker's criticisms might have been understated.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-10-11 06:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The utter hypocrisy.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-11 07:16 AM | Reply

Why can't we use them?

- Trump

(Not sarcasm)

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-10-11 06:01 PM | Reply

He's claiming he never said that. He said that we have tons of nukes and that he wants them to be in perfect condition.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-12 09:04 AM | Reply

#4 The problem Trump has is the one Corker confirmed: we all know he doesn't tell the truth. According to Trump, Corker begged for his endorsement yadda yadda yadda. Very little Trump says is true. Remember when he claimed one of the Senators was in the hospital and couldn't vote on the health care bill? Wasn't true. One senator was having medical problems but wasn't in the hospital and could have returned to DC for the vote. Trump lies so much, he should be called the Accidental Truth-teller.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-12 09:16 AM | Reply

#4

The reports stated that Trump was shown a chart that illustrated the historical progression of the US' nuclear arsenal from its heights in the 60s to today (because he refuses to actually READ and educate himself from his own ignorance). Trump pointed to the peak and allegedly said, "I want to have that many (or the most)," which translated to a nearly tenfold increase from today's total. It then had to be explained to him why the current numbers were shaped by treaties and the fact that our current arsenal is far more powerful than was the peak total of older weaponry.

It fits perfectly in everything we know about Trump, and it surprises me that you haven't read the simple logic of this reporting before logging a reply Jeff. Triple-sourced stories aren't normally fake.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-10-12 09:18 AM | Reply

- He's claiming he never said that.

Ummm.... which usually happens within a few days of most things he says.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-12 11:03 AM | Reply

BS story. Show us a link to his quote.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-12 03:51 PM | Reply

Trump was asked during an Oval Office photo shoot whether he sought a big increase in the size of the nuclear force, as NBC News reported.

"No, I never discussed increasing it," he said. "I want it in perfect shape." He suggested he thinks the U.S. already has enough weapons. "We don't need an increase, but I want modernization and I want total rehabilitation," he said, apparently referring to replacing weapons and support systems that have grown old.

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-12 04:12 PM | Reply

"We don't need an increase, but I want modernization...

The Obama administration requested large increases for nuclear weapons programs at the Defense and Energy Departments to sustain and modernize the arsenal. Indeed, president Obama's proposed spending levels for many key efforts exceeded what the administration originally advertised early in its first term.

So there's that.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-10-12 04:20 PM | Reply

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