Ben Rhodes Slams Trump for 'Lie' About Nuclear Arsenal

Trump says US nuclear arsenal stronger than ever

"North Korea knew exactly what President Obama was going to do", Watters added.

Humphrey said that Donald Trump should be relieved of the powers of the Presidency as soon as possible. Answering questions about the crisis with North Korea, he said that if he had his druthers he would commit to nuclear nonproliferation around the world.

It is not the first time Trump has attempted to portray himself as being more popular than Obama.

It is still unclear whether Twitter intends to act on requests for Trump's account to be suspended.

Even if we set aside the above, the arsenal simply isn't "stronger and more powerful than ever before".

While the USA has daunting nuclear power, the Pentagon's program has been beset with morale, training, discipline and resource problems.

While Reif says that the United States now possesses a nuclear arsenal that's more than adequate for defense needs-boasting some 4,000 nuclear warheads, close to half of which are now deployed at various bases-it's also not true that the arsenal is "stronger and more powerful than ever before". Yet somehow he's reached down into the highly technical, extremely expensive and rather thankless task of updating the US nuclear arsenal and achieved measurable success in less time than it has taken to appoint a White House science adviser?


There has been no significant change in nuclear modernization plans under Mr. Trump, said Todd Harrison, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Tens of thousands of United States troops remain stationed in South Korea and in nearby Japan, the only country to have been attacked with nuclear weapons.

Only the Navy's 14 ballistic missile submarines, which operate from bases in Georgia and Washington state, continue to sail with the intercontinental weapons they can launch while submerged. He said that if the threats do not cease, the country will face consequences.

"China calls on all sides to uphold the main direction of a political resolution to the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, and avoid any words or actions that may intensify the problem and escalate the situation", the government said in a statement sent to Reuters, repeating its customary stance.

Those programs, combined with other upgrades to the US strategic infrastructure, could cost as much as $1 trillion over the coming three decades.

My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal.

The South Korean capital, Seoul, is home to roughly 10-million people and within range of massed North Korean rockets and artillery, which would be impossible to destroy in a first USA strike.

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