Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more

President Donald Trump shown in a meeting Tuesday with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reportedly told his generals in July that he wanted a massive expansion of America's nuclear weapons arsenal
Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more
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12 October, 2017

The tweet, posted at 9:55 a.m. ET, came after NBC News broke a story that Trump had asked for a "nearly tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal" at the same July 20 meeting where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called Trump a "moron".

In his tweet earlier in the day Trump raised the possibility of the broadcast licenses of NBC and other networks being challenged. Mr. Trump tweeted. "Bad for country!"

The request, which if acted on would violate decades of nuclear disarmament treaties and reverse longstanding U.S. policy, reportedly came shortly before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a "moron". During his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump made no distinction between the King Jong-un regime and the North Korea people and said his administration is willing to "totally destroy North Korea".

Trump's previous comments about nuclear weapons have caused confusion and concern in some quarters.

The tweets were then posted on Wednesday morning. Officials told Trump that there are legal and practical reasons why the nations' nuclear weapons stockpile could not be increased, NBC sources said, later telling the network's reporting team that no expansion is planned.

The comment was made during a July 20 meeting that included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to NBC News.

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"This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible", Mattis said in a written statement.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dismissed an NBC News article last week claiming he had considered resigning.

Under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the government is prohibited from making any law that infringes "upon the freedom of the press".

Trump has voiced inconsistent opinions on the nuclear arsenal, at one point expressing a desire to "greatly strengthen and expand [US] nuclear capability" and in other instances insisting he does not think the arsenal should grow in size.

In February, Trump said he was going to build up the USA nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack", and said the US has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. Trump proposed increasing our nuclear arsenal by 10 times. "Believe me. Because I know what we have right now", Trump said.

As Politico points out, the FCC licenses individual stations not networks though NBC's parent company, Comcast, does own a number of stations.


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