In an interview with Reuters, President Donald Trump said that he would build up America’s nuclear arsenal, making it the “top of the pack.”
In the Thursday interview, the president expressed concern that the United States was falling behind other countries in its nuclear capabilities.
“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,” Trump said.
“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.”
Trump had tweeted in December that the United States ought to beef up its nuclear arsenal “until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
According to Fox News, Russia has slightly more nuclear weapons than the United States, with 7,000 warheads as opposed to the United States’ 6,800. Needless to say, Trump’s remarks got liberals in a tizzy.
“Russia and the United States have far more weapons than is necessary to deter nuclear attack by the other or by another nuclear-armed country,” said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, an officially nonpartisan outfit that openly supports former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
Trump’s plan might not run into opposition from just peacenik liberals, either. The New START treaty between the United States and Russia, which was signed by Obama and ratified by the Senate in 2010, limited the size of both nations’ nuclear warhead stockpiles to about 1,550 by 2018.
While the president’s remarks did not include details, it’s clear that Trump wanted to make America’s self-defense capabilities stronger. That’s definitely a good thing, no matter what the left might say.
Let’s see if and how he’s going to do it.