U.S. president Donald Trump has said that he wants to make sure that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack". He claims that the U.S. has actually fallen behind in its nuclear weapons capacity.
|Some time ago, Trump said on the MSNBC Morning Joe show: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” When asked about a tweet he made in December in which he said that the U.S. should greatly strengthen its nuclear capacity " until such time as the world comes to its sense regarding nukes". Trump said that he would like to see a world with no nuclear weapons. At the same time he claimed that the US had actually fallen behind in nuclear weapon capacity. Trump said:|
“I am the first one that would like to see ... nobody have nukes, but we’re never going to fall behind any country even if it’s a friendly country, we’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power. It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack."
“President Trump’s assertions about nuclear weapons policy conveniently ignore the facts,” former Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), the executive director of the center, said in a statement. “Every world leader on Earth except for President Trump knows that the United States already has the ‘top of the pack’ nuclear arsenal. No U.S. military leader would trade our nuclear weapons for the Russian stockpile, let alone any other nuclear power’s arsenal.”While attention is being paid and anger expressed at Trump policies in other areas such as immigration the significance of his statement on the US nuclear program has been mostly overlooked. Bruce Blair a co-founder of Global Zero said: “Once again, President Trump has called for a new nuclear arms race — signaling a dangerous turn for global security. This would be an alarming reversal of decades of nuclear weapons reductions that should scare everyone."