In an ongoing war of words with North Korea, the US President Donald Trump tweeted that his first order as president was to renovate and modernize the American nuclear arsenal, which is now stronger than ever before and added that Washington will never allow any nation to surpass US power.
Numerous details are secret but if a USA president were ever to order a nuclear strike, we know this: the order would be transmitted to the crew who would fire the missiles in a message 150 characters long - about the same as a tweet. "It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before", Trump tweeted.
The US Defence secretary James Mattis meanwhile called on North Korea to stop "actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".
Trump did order a nuclear posture review, but that's not strengthening the arsenal: It's exactly what it sounds like-working to figure out what the U.S.'s nuclear posture should be.
However, Trump asked for the Nuclear Posture Review in a January 27 Presidential Memorandum, and not in an executive order, as Walters incorrectly stated. About a third of U.S. air force planes were not in conditions to operate in any mission and the nuclear arsenal remains of the past lacking modernization.
The congressman also noted that while Trump proposed increasing spending on nuclear weapons activities in his 2018 budget, the appropriations legislation necessary to fund those programs has not been approved by the Republican-controlled Congress.
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"I think this reflects that the President is not well-informed about the capacity of the United States nuclear arsenal and its capabilities", said Reif, who called the tweets "reckless posturing".
Ultimately, Obama advocates eliminating all nuclear weapons, a goal he has acknowledged might not be realized in his lifetime.
Trump's morning statement came amid bipartisan concern over Trump's scaled-up rhetoric about North Korea, which came to a head Tuesday afternoon.
She added: "Trump's tweet gives the misleading impression that he has already ordered concrete changes to the U.S. nuclear arsenal".
The White House sought to provide more context to the president's Tuesday statement at his New Jersey golf club, where he had convened a meeting on the opioid epidemic during his 17-day vacation. He appeared to be reading from a script, but no aides have yet said who wrote it, or who advised Trump to scale up his rhetoric. "But I think what the President was just reaffirming is the United States has the capability to fully defend itself with any attack, will defend our allies, and we will do so".