While most Americans were turning their thoughts to the upcoming holiday weekend and a time of relaxation and reflection after a long year, it seems Donald Trump had other things on his mind. Like nuclear weapons.
With less than a month until his inauguration, Trump dropped a tweet (or what passes for a “press release” for his incoming administration) calling for the United States to “greatly strengthen and expand” its nuclear capabilities.
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
Trump’s bombshell, so to speak, came a day after he took part in a pair of meetings with top Pentagon officials to chat about defense strategy and trying to keep the cost down on several military projects.
Trump’s wish also contradicts treaties going back decades designed by countries all around the globe, including the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which has been accepted by 191 countries, including the United States, the UK, and Russia.
The subject of the country’s nuclear arsenal —- and how fit Trump is to be at its controls — was a hot topic of debate throughout the campaign, particularly his opposition to President Obama’s deal with Iran which set benchmarks for that country to reduce its nuclear program in exchange for lifted sanctions.
The Iran deal was just one part of Obama’s actions on nuclear weapons from his presidency that he is scrambling to solidify before Trump takes office.
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