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NBC says Trump Wants Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military - Trump denies it?!

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 Alluvial    641

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/trump-wanted-dramatic-increase-nuclear-arsenal-meeting-military-leaders-n809701

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest-ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.

Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.

According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the buildup. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.

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Edit. Trump denying it!

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/918110279367643137

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 londonorchar    1,091
5 minutes ago, Alluvial said:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/trump-wanted-dramatic-increase-nuclear-arsenal-meeting-military-leaders-n809701

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest-ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.

Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.

According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the buildup. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.

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Good God, has he lost his mind?

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 COBO Member    4,276
1 hour ago, londonorchar said:

Good God, has he lost his mind?

I'd trust Trump himself a helluva lot faster than I would NBC. If he says, it's BS, I believe it.

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 askakido    329
3 hours ago, londonorchar said:

Good God, has he lost his mind?

Well somewhere around 1958 to 1962 the U.S. Army itself was calling for 150,000 nukes.. that was just the Army.  I said 150,000 nuclear weapons.  And then S.A.L.T. stared being talked about and brought to pass.

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 Cinnamon    28,888

Trump has denied this in no uncertain terms. Now let the media prove he said it in no uncertain terms. 

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