Trump Claims Undue Credit for Revamping Nuclear Arsenal

Peter Sellers during production of 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.'

Peter Sellers during production of 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.'

In 1967, the Pentagon wielded a total of 31,225 nuclear warheads, according to a declaration the USA made in 2010 as part of strategic negotiations with Russian Federation. In an article for Buzzfeed News Wednesday, six senior officials and diplomats with the United States' European allies painted a picture of Trump as being totally transfixed with a president who, thus far, has been shown to be significantly more popular among the American public.

Trump issued his strongest warning yet for North Korea in comments to reporters in New Jersey on Tuesday, saying that "North Korea best not make any more threats to the US".

After highlighting Trump's tweet this morning about revolutionizing and modernizing the nuclear arsenal, Tapper chose to revisit some of Trump's past comments related to nuclear weapons.

Kirby said the president has a right to be frustrated, as he is dealing with escalation the likes of which no other president has faced with regard to North Korea.

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He said the president's threat to North Korea was "like pouring gasoline on a fire". And what's more, judging by these tweets, he doesn't seem to even understand his own nuclear arsenal or its current status.

Indeed, the claim is so obviously false and his involvement with nuclear readiness so overstated in the classic Trumpian manner that it would be tempting to find the whole tweet simply laughable - like the fictional Romy and Michelle claiming to have invented Post-it notes at their high school reunion - except, wait a minute, it's nuclear weapons we're talking about.

With over 35 million followers on the micro-blogging site, Mr Trump is one of the most active politicians on Twitter. The Pentagon has said it will be completed by the end of the year. As if they had the Trump insignia painted on them and tourists could pick up souvenir versions in the gift shop off the Trump Tower lobby. It's a study that the last four presidents have also undertaken, meaning it's hardly an unusual step or something for Trump to gloat about.

Here's a look at how the US nuclear stockpile has evolved over time, from the Arms Control Association. And even if it were, experts say, it's because of a "very aggressive" $1 trillion modernization plan that was signed into law by President Barack Obama. "Don't put it past him", Trump tweeted on October 17, 2012.

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