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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, asked to clarify his comments about expanding U.S. nuclear weapons capability, said, “Let it be an arms race,” and that the United States would win it, MSNBC reported on Friday.

Trump had alarmed non-proliferation experts on Thursday with a Twitter post that said the United States “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski spoke with Trump on the phone and asked him to expand on his tweet. She said he responded: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

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.

It was not clear what prompted Thursday’s tweet by Trump, a Republican who takes office on Jan. 20, but it came the same day Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country needed to boost its nuclear forces.

In his year-end news conference in Moscow on Friday, Putin said Trump’s comment on Wednesday was not out of line and that he did not consider the United States to be a potential aggressor.

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said in several television interviews on Friday that there would not be an arms race because the president-elect would ensure that other countries trying to step up their nuclear capabilities, such as Russia and China, would decide not to do so.

“He’s going to ensure that other countries get the message that he’s not going to sit back and allow that,” Spicer, who was named this week as White House spokesman for the president-elect, told NBC. “And what’s going to happen is they will come to their senses, and we will all be just fine.”

(Reporting by Eric Walsh; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Dan Burns; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Bill Trott)

IMAGE: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a “Thank You USA” tour rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. December 9, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

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54 responses to “Trump On Nuclear Weapons Tweet: ‘Let It Be An Arms Race’”

  1. Now, here we have another layer of the madness that defines Donald John Trump(Drumpf). Now that he’s surrounded himself with a bevy of like-minded billionaires who publicly show the vast chasm between themselves, and the ordinary person in America in terms of wealth, the obscenities presented on so many levels are apparent.
    Consider the latest mindless and emotionally-charged tweets from the Twitter-in-Chief,
    that we should rekindle the Arms Race which Vladimir Putin, another disturbed person, is gung-ho to engage in.
    Even before ascending his specially retrofitted Throne, King Trump wants to bluster his way into going toe to toe with the “Russkies”, with Trump playing the role in real life of “Brig. Gen.. Jack Ripper”.

    Fortunately for us, “Dr. Strangelove” was a humorous satire, but “Donald Trump Loves Putin, And Wants To Play Brinkmanship” is a nightmare waiting to come true, and shouldn’t be allowed to be shown.

    Just one of many and more to come dangers posed by two madmen in seats of power.

    • Dan S says:

      Another film based on a popular Stephen King book springs to mind. Have you ever read or seen The Dead Zone which came out in 1983 ? There psychic Johnny played by Christopher Walken discovers a future President played by Martin Sheen is a man who will bring about nuclear Armageddon. Now it appears that we’ve for the first time are about to have a President who seems itching for such a confrontation. These nightmare scenarios are meant to be works of fiction

    • Dominick Vila says:

      This is Donald’s way to tell the American people that he is not Putin’s puppet…
      Unfortunately, people worldwide are likely to take him at his word. Can you imagine us trying to convince the UN that new sanctions are needed to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapons, after what Trump said?

  2. Mama Bear says:

    I have always been cursed with the ability to hold two opposing thoughts or philosophies in my head at the same time. They weigh like a scale as I think-play both scenarios out.
    Nuclear proliferation in the hands of a narcissistic bully plays like any end-of-days scenario. This man must be stopped. Period.

    • Dan S says:

      Um hello end times ????

      • Mama Bear says:

        Let’s hope not, Dan. Let’s hope someone stops him. Wonder if the FBI will investigate me for saying that….

        • Dan S says:

          The same FBI that investigated Clintons emails ? Remember when Trump suggested the Secret Service stand aside leaving Clinton vulnerable to an assassin? Nothing ever came of that so I have no worries when I say step aside Secret Service protecting Trump. It might give me appreciation for the 2nd Amendment after all

  3. Grandma811 says:

    How many shares of Uranium Resources Inc, Uranium Energy Corp, Cameco Corp and Lightbridge Corp do Donald, Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Barron own? Just sayin’

  4. Listening to NPR with Diane Rehm playing host to an expert on Donald’s latest thoughtless tweet about increasing the nuclear stockpile, the “expert” carries on in a care-free surreal manner about how many warheads each side has and that an adequate deterrence already exists. He went to confidently assert that Russia might not be so fool-hardy into launching an attack because there is a high probability that their defense system won’t be able to knock out America’s ability to strike back.
    The entire spiel from this “expert” goes along at a merry pace as though the planet could survive a few hydrogen bomb detonations.

    Are academics and so-called experts so daft and stupid as to dismiss the impact of a couple of nuclear explosions of megaton capacity anywhere on the planet? What manner of idiocy grips conservative madmen and mad women in Russia and America, to the point that they expect to survive a nuclear war and that more arms leads to peace and stability? What sort of new morbidity has gripped Donald, Vladimir, and other empty-headed political figures and academicians to add on to the diseases already afflicting each?? As Mr. Neely in “Meet Me In St. Louis” famously quoted in response to Trudy’s doll having several fatal diseases—“And it only takes one”.

    • Mama Bear says:

      just bullying games being played by our Bully-in-Chief.

      • Jmz Nesky says:

        The ‘game’ is monopoly and this here 1%er wannabe yearns for boardwalk even if he has to sacrifice all of us.

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        • Mama Bear says:

          ONG Jmz you hit the nail on the head!
          what a great analogy.

  5. stsintl says:

    What a Christmas gift to the world from the Commander-in-Chief to be?
    What a message of Peace to welcome the day Prince of Peace was born?

  6. Dan S says:

    So now Trump is trying to psych countries like China ????????? He’s creating great tensions here & abroad before he’s even sworn in. Maybe if I go bury my head in the ground the view will be better down there ????

    • TZToronto says:

      Back in October of 1962, most people in the USA were resigned to the fact that the world would be ending tomorrow or the next day. The Cuban missile crisis was the only news, and Trump was 16 years old, old enough to think like everyone else at the time. Nuclear war, total destruction, and fiery, instant death were inevitable. Somehow I don’t think Trump was much interested in the news of the day. Perhaps his military school wasn’t paying attention to world affairs, or maybe it’s just that Trump wasn’t paying attention to world affairs. In any case, Trump’s ignorance of mutually assured destruction is apparent to anyone who lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis and to most people who were not around at the time. This is a man who knows nothing and is proud of it. If Trump had been President in October, 1962, instead of JFK, the world would have ended then and there, and it wouldn’t have been Khruschev’s fault. I think Trump in the White House (or Trump Tower) will be like a constant Cuban Missile Crisis.

      • Dan S says:

        Of course in 1962 I was far too young to know how close the world came to a full blown nuclear war. I sometimes wonder if we would’ve had a different outcome if Nixon had won in 1960 instead of Kennedy. The obvious problem with Trump is he seems to react rather than think thru and try to analyze the problem before him. He’s so quick to react to anything or anyone saying something negative about him & he thinks we should have an arms race. This must be his perverted way of making America great again

  7. itsfun says:

    If North Korea and others are building newer and better weapons then we have, do you think they will hesitate to use them? North Korea and Iraq would love to blow us off the map. If they get the resources to do that, they will. President-elect Trump is letting them know they won’t get that advantage to murder all of us.

    • You never went to school nor possess common-sense, otherwise you would understand the unmitigated folly of your confidence that anyone would survive any exchange of nuclear weapons. Let’s hope that you never are assigned to be on any decision-making body.
      As it stands, you would need help deciding which type of bread to use with your tuna fish sandwich.
      Murder all of us? Whi is “us”? The United States, Canada, the entire planet?

      Wake up Rip Van Winkle.

      • Bill P says:

        I really think that “itsfun” aside from writing ridiculous comments actually meant to write Iran. Or maybe he still believes that Iraq has WMD hidden in the desert.

        Update: I take back the Iraq/Iran issue, he mention Iraq again as possibly having better nukes than the US.

      • dbtheonly says:

        Actually Aaron, I’m beginning to lean toward a more aggressive stance against the DPRK. I don’t see Kim having the restraint that the rest of the world, pre-Trump, has had with atomic weapons.

        As it is, I’m inclined to think that China has to take the lead on controlling Kim, and any actions ought to be with the advice and Consent of President Xi. Kim’s as much his problem as everyone elses.

    • johninPCFL says:

      Sure. NK’s five weapons against the 17000 in our stockpile.

      At least they’re in the stockpile until Agent Orange transfers them to Russia.

      • itsfun says:

        NK weapons made in 2016 US weapons made in 1965. Kinda like a jet airplane against a single engine gas plane.

        • dbtheonly says:

          You think that makes a difference? Snort of derision.

          Kaboom is kaboom. High Schoolers have designed Atom Bombs. it ain’t hard. The design from 1945 still works.

          • itsfun says:

            so do airplanes from 1945. Are you a expert on nuclear weapons?

          • dbtheonly says:

            Rather than airplanes, think of bayonets. The basic design doesn’t change.

          • itsfun says:

            What do you know about the basic or any design of a modern day nuclear weapon?

          • dbtheonly says:

            Rather a broad question. The simplest answer is that you need to have two smaller pieces of radioactive material, U-235 or Plutonium smash into each other at a relative high rate of speed. When the smaller pieces combine to form a piece larger that the “Critical Mass” the chain reactions become uncontrolled and energy is released in accord with the equation e=mc2. That’s a lot of e.

            For the practical side the key book is a take off on Clausewitz entitled “On Thermonuclear War” written in the late 50’s, I believe, and I can’t recall the author off the top of my head. It’s a quick read and will pay you vast dividends for your time investment.

            There have been any number of studies of the medical aftermath of the bombings and the testing. The Atomic Energy Museum in Las Vegas has lots on them and the more peaceful uses of atomic power as well. Another good use of your time.

          • itsfun says:

            Apparently you have mistaken me for someone that cares about making a nuclear bomb.

          • dbtheonly says:

            I mistook your lack of interest for ignorance.

            Big difference.

            Ignorance can be cured.

          • itsfun says:

            I didn’t say that very well. I have no desire to build a bomb or I don’t have any interest in how they are built. It does bother me that Russia has weapons designed to avoid our defense weapons. We need to build weapons that can make those weapons useless. If we don’t someone, somewhere will use that type of weapon. North Korea comes to mind. We all know that nuclear weapons decorate after years and ours are doing just that. If other countries are building new weapons using new and better technology, we must keep up or be destroyed.

          • johninPCFL says:

            “weapons designed to avoid our defense weapons”: Ballistic weapons fall, ABM systems forecast falling trajectory and shoot. Our computer facility makes our existing ABM systems better than a falling body, whether they have missiles or lasers.

            “nuclear weapons deteriorate after years and ours are doing just that”: Sorry, no. That’s one of the roles of the DoE. They maintain the WR (war reserve) materials inventory and ensure that the weapons will work properly when needed. I worked for the DoE and can guarantee that the people in that agency are dedicated to the safety of the US.

            At least until Governor Good Hair takes over the agency in January. After that, who knows? He wanted to abolish the agency, so maybe Putin has in mind that Agent Orange have Governor Good Hair do just that. After all, he is too ignorant to know when he’s being asked to cripple the US nuclear arsenal.

        • johninPCFL says:

          You mistake the basic physics of how the weapon works versus the deployment methodology. The materials science necessary to make smaller, better weapons hit the wall in the 1980s. “Critical mass” can’t be made smaller, and the DoE knows exactly what that number is.

          On the other hand, JDAM deployments make those weapons far more accurate. It’s the same great technology that gave us the camera view of the bomb going in through Saddam’s window. That technology continues to grow unabated.

          Or stealth technology to allow us to use bombers into NK. Or MIRV naval weapons that allow us to park boomers off the NK coast for 10-minute deployment.

          The biggest threat from NK today is Agent Orange in the White House cozying up to one of NKs biggest backers, Putin. If NK launches on Japan, all Putin has to say is “down boy!”, and Agent Orange sits and wags his tail.

      • dbtheonly says:

        Actually I’m more afraid of the DPRK bombs. They’ve very little reason not to use them. You wonder why we pay so much attention to their missile capacity? They lack the delivery system.

        We have cities to bomb. They have?

    • I Am Helpy says:

      Hmnm yes thanks for weighing in, basement dwelling shut-in who believes conspiracy theories. Your opinion means a lot.

  8. bob shipp says:

    Apparently he thinks he is another Reagan!
    Back then USSR couldn’t match our defense expansion and spending. I seriously doubt Russia is in the same shape today.

  9. Lynda Groom says:

    Stupid is stupid does. Hopefully cooler heads within the administration will stop such madness. I guess the question is are there cooler heads within this administration?

  10. Dominick Vila says:

    With China, and to a lesser extent, Russia more interested in economic expansion and investment in infrastructure than an arms race, who exactly is the proposed race going to be against? Our fears?

  11. HV says:

    I believe it was astronomer Carl Sagan who summed it up…”
    A nuclear arms race is like two men, up to their waist in gasoline. One man has three matches, the other has five.”

    • I Am Helpy says:

      Actual quote:

      Imagine, a room, awash in gasoline. And there are two implacable
      enemies in that room. One of them has 9,000 matches. The other has 7,000
      matches. Each of them is concerned about who’s ahead, who’s stronger.
      Well, that’s the kind of situation we are actually in. The amount of
      weapons that are available to the United States and the Soviet Union
      are so bloated, so grossly in excess of what’s needed to dissuade the
      other that if it weren’t so tragic, it would be laughable.

    • I Am Helpy says:

      don’t mind me, I just have a thing about accurately quoting people – and you were – unlike (e.g) almost anyone quoting Einstein – at least in the ballpark.

  12. HV says:

    Maybe Sagan was quoting/paraphrasing Einstein
    Carl Sagan > Quotes > Quotable Quote
    “The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.”

  13. FireBaron says:

    We already have the capability to completely destroy the world. A single Trident class submarine can hit any location in the world from any point of launch. As our idiot-elect-in-chief has yet to allow himself to be educated on our nuclear capabilities, he should keep his mouth shut.

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