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Trump says U.S. must ‘greatly strengthen’ nukes

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    President-elect Donald Trump took a question from a member of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. on Wednesday. Trump today abruptly called for the United States to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability” until the rest of the world “comes to its senses” regarding nuclear weapons.

PALM BEACH, Fla. >> President-elect Donald Trump today abruptly called for the United States to “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability” until the rest of the world “comes to its senses” regarding nuclear weapons.

Trump made the statement on Twitter and did not expand on the actions he wants the U.S. to take or on the issues he sees around the world. His comments came one day after meeting with incoming White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump’s transition website says he “recognizes the uniquely catastrophic threats posed by nuclear weapons and cyberattacks,” adding that he will modernize the nuclear arsenal “to ensure it continues to be an effective deterrent.” Beyond that, he has offered few specifics, either as a candidate or during the transition.

Trump’s vanquished campaign rival Hillary Clinton repeatedly cast the Republican as too erratic and unpredictable to have control of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. Ten former nuclear missile launch operators also wrote that Trump lacks the temperament, judgment and diplomatic skill to avoid nuclear war.

Trump was spending today at his private estate in South Florida, where he has been meeting with advisers and interviewing potential Cabinet nominees. He is also building out his White House staff, announcing that campaign manager Kellyanne Conway will join him in the West Wing as a counselor.

Conway, a longtime Republican pollster, is widely credited with helping guide him to victory. She also is a frequent guest on television news programs.

Trump called Conway “a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda.”

The president-elect has spent part of the week discussing national security issues, including the deadly attack on a Christmas market in Germany. He called the violence an “attack on humanity” and appeared to suggest a willingness to move ahead with his campaign pledge to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States.

Trump proposed the Muslim ban during the Republican primary campaign, drawing sharp criticism from both parties. During the general election, he shifted his rhetoric to focus on temporarily halting immigration from an unspecified list of countries with ties to terrorism, though he did not disavow the Muslim ban, which is still prominently displayed on his campaign website.

The president-elect, when asked Wednesday if the attack in Berlin would cause him to evaluate the proposed ban or a possible registry of Muslims in the United States, said, “You know my plans. All along, I’ve been proven to be right, 100 percent correct.”

“What’s happening is disgraceful,” said Trump, who deemed the violence “an attack on humanity,” and added, “it’s got to be stopped.”

A transition spokesman said later Wednesday that Trump’s plans “might upset those with their heads stuck in the politically correct sand.”

“President-elect Trump has been clear that we will suspend admission of those from countries with high terrorism rates and apply a strict vetting procedure for those seeking entry in order to protect American lives,” spokesman Jason Miller said. But transition officials did not comment on whether Trump could also push for the overarching ban on Muslims.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack in Berlin that left 12 people dead and 48 injured. On Wednesday, German officials launched a Europe-wide manhunt for a “violent and armed” Tunisian man suspected in the killings.

Conway said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” today that Trump is “the guy out there saying we need extreme vetting policies, that we need to have a better system vis a vis countries that train, harbor and export terrorists.”

“He said during the campaign long after he originally proposed that that this would be more strictly tied to countries where we know they have a history of terrorism and that this is not a complete ban,” she added.

Trump, who addressed journalists Wednesday for less than two minutes outside his palatial South Florida estate, said he has not spoken to President Barack Obama since the attack.

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  • The U.S. has more than enough nuclear weapons to destroy life on Earth many times. Expansion unnecessary. Stop being a fear monger, President-elect, you already won the election with your antics.

      • Here lies the problem if you don’t know. Our nuclear arsenal from what I read are outdated! And here’s another thought, Putin sees the Democrats blaming everyone and everything for their loss in the elections. lol, you Libertards and Democrats need to step back away from the political arena and “tink” what’s happening to the middle class worker. Man, even Putin understands

    • agree. Trump is a moral idiot and may not be happy until he blows up the world. He is in no way educated or able to be President. What a reckless course a minority of voters chose. Wait until the white working class finally realizes that they go it taken to the cleaners by this entertainer.

      • The people who voted for him and going to be the most injured. They just don’t know it yet.

        People in Appalachia actually believe that Trump is going to make companies buy coal again. It’s hard to imagine how gullible his voter base is.

        • Nah…the only gullible people are those who believed in your proud boasts that Hillary would be the next POTUS.

        • Klastri, please keep up your comments. Every time I am feeling glum I read one of your comments and get a big laugh. Very uplifting. Not to long ago you and your cohorts were boasting how Trump was going to lose in a landslide. How can anyone be so wrong and still have the temerity to show yourself.

        • agree. Too many working class voters voted against their own interests. Trump used to be a funny guy. But now, his ignorance is just scary.

        • Klastri, that’s just how much you are uninformed. He didn’t lose the election. Don’t you know how we elect a President? He wasn’t running for Governor of California.

        • lespark – You are lying if you suggest that I wrote anywhere that Mr. Trump did not win the election. He did however lose the popular vote by more votes than anyone who actually won the election. So his talk of a mandate and a landslide are just more of the lies that his incredible gullible followers believe the repeat.

        • No, it doesn’t. Trump is talking more nukes, not modernizing the existing arsenal. Guess who has been pushing a big plan to modernize existing nuclear forces? President Obama. But, of course, the bubble that is the Trump illusion wouldn’t allow you to know that.

        • @Larry01
          Your point is taken into consideration and we’ll report back to you after a nuke war or not….

          January 20, 2017 #MAGA

      • Agree. So far, we have not been able to talk or sanction enemy countries out of developing/stockpiling nuclear weapons. I would not want to be minimally armed with the likes of NK and Iran committed to developing a weapons program. Remember how close we are to NK.

        • We are not minimally armed. We have a triad of ways to deliver nukes and we can basically reduce any country to cinders. This is overkill.

  • “Peace through strength” is a phrase which suggests that military power can help preserve peace. It is quite old and has famously been used by many leaders from Roman Emperor Hadrian in the first century AD to former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s.

    January 20, 2017 #MAGA

  • Obama’s first Secretary of the Department of Energy, the department responsible for developing, modernizing and maintaining nuclear weapons, was a Nobel prize winning nuclear physicist. Trump’s choice to head the department in charge of the 30-year, $1 trillion project to modernize nuclear weapons as the existing stockpile reaches the end of its 30-year service lifetime is Rick (“Oops”) Perry. Do you feel safer now?

    • Barry Hussein also “won” a Nobel prize and look how well that worked out. The middle east and the entire planet hasn’t been as volatile as it is now in decades due in large part to Barry’s foolhardy lead from behind strategy.

      • It was widely predicted among foreign policy and Middle East experts that Bush’s war-of-choice in Iraq would destabilize the Middle East for a generation and that the big winner of the Iraq war would be Iran. Both predictions, which the Bushies scoffed at (Cheney: “we will, in fact, be welcomed as liberators” or Rumsfeld: the war will “last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.”), proved to be absolutely accurate. Even Paul Wolfowitz conceded that blunders by the Bush administration plunged Iraq into a cycle of violence that “spiralled out of control,” beginning with a war based on hasty planning that took place two days after 9/11 and justified with lies to Congress, the UN, and the American people.

      • There you are with your PHD and your time machine, explaining how President Obama destabilized the middle east with the Iraq war. How do figure that happened? Great analysis!

        Sounds like you have all the qualifications needed to be on Trump’s national security team!

        • The middle east has been, is, and always will be unstable. And while Barry did not start the chaos there his egg-headed foreign policy team – Waldo and John F’ing Kerry for example – have alienated civilized entities in favor of blood thirsty religious based regimes. Remember the Arab Spring? Big oops there for Barry Hussein. Cozying up to Iranian mullahs and funding their terror activities with sneakily delivered pallets of untraceable cash. Yup, another big oops there for Barry Hussein. And I’ll just casually mention the Benghazi debacle before it goes down the Obama legacy memory hole.

    • Waaaaaaahhh!! Waaaaaaaahhh!!! I swear, I’m enjoying Trump’s victory more and more each day. The distraught, incoherent blubbering and whining from the left is more enjoyable than a long drink of ice water after a 10 mile run.

      • Sounds like you haven’t actually finished any 10 mile runs. Trainers and docs always counsel runners to avoid ice cold water after that kind of activity. But it sounds good, right? Just make up something that kind of sounds like it might be right? Something like that….

        But not knowing anything is a hallmark of Trump supporters. Good for you!

        • Man, you lefties are on a roll this week!! Any other gems you’d like make up in between sobbing fits?

          These “trainers and docs” who “counsel runners to avoid ice cold water,” would they, by any chance, be the same guys who counseled Al Gore as he was inventing the Internet???

          I guess that’s why every track coach I run with makes sure their kids utilize ice water, as every sports medicine study done on the subject, including those by the American College of Sports Medicine, has concluded that ice-cold-temperature liquids pass more quickly through the stomach and to the intestines, leading to faster absorption and hydration?

          And I guess that’s why those reeeeeally long races called “marathons” have those things called “tents” every mile, all along the route, and there are volunteers in those “tents” handing out little red things called “cups” that are filled with…wait…wait for it…wait…ICE COLD WATER?

          LMAO! Quick, Klastri, make up another one! Do it for Obama!!

          But you are correct…I generally don’t finish 10-mile runs (except for the 12-mile slow run I do every Sunday afternoon). No, I generally stick with timed shorter runs: 3-4-mile recovery runs, 1.5-mile/2-mile tempo runs, and interval training days at the track where I run repeat 300m/400m sprints to keep up my VO2 max.

          In my line of work, my ability to move quickly may one day be the deciding factor in whether or not I get to come home that night, and my job has extremely stringent physical requirements and annual qualifications. And I think it goes without saying, we don’t have many POO-SAY A$$ leftists like yourself at the office, but then again, guys in my line of work are there because they LOVE their country.

          Of course, we’re also required to take annual polygraph exams to ensure honesty and truthfulness, so I guess fairytale-loving liberals with the “make it up as you go” approach to facts would never get hired around here in the first place.

          OK, so what’s next? “Trainers and docs” declare that eating McDonald’s extra value meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner not only promotes lean muscle tissue but also increases IQ and better prepares aspiring Democrat political studies majors for their feminist studies 100-level courses at the local community college??

          We now return to incessant liberal whining and blubbering about Donald Trump. WAAAAAAHHH!!!!

        • YOTARE – Yes, of course. You’re some kind of special agent. Right. That’s why you write as if you live in a psychiatric ward.

          Right.

        • Klastri, you should have learned from your defeat to stop insulting people. Aren’t you tired of eating your own shit?

      • Instead of gloating and wallowing in taunting those who disagreed with your choice of candidates for President, how about having some concern for the country as a whole – which includes everyone? Or, for that matter, how about looking broadly at all human beings on the entire planet and how Trump’s values, morals, decisions, etc. will be good for the global community? Expressing your “waaaahhh! waaaaaahh!” sentiments in such simplistic fashion illustrates that it’s not really the country and our society that you care about, but the mere fact that Trump is the President-elect. That is quite short-sighted and misses the gravity of the situation entirely.

        • KKKlastri lol you are the most ridiculous leftwing zealot I have ever come across!
          Your lying vitriolic boasting only amuses the reasonably minded people both left & right. As P.E. Trump would describe a dunce like you…”You’re a beauty”!
          We WON…YOU LOST in a HISTORIC LANDSLIDE like no other! Your pundits predicted a 400+ Electoral College landslide which obviously you took it LINE & SINKER like an OBAMA FISH!
          EAT CROW baby!!

          January 20, 2017 #MAGA

          KKKlastri…enjoy the Inaugural!

        • Keonigohan – You are lying, of course. With regard to your fabricated “landslide” Mr. Trump’s electoral college margin is in something like 45th place of the last 50 elections. Plus, he lost the popular vote by about 3 million.

          No one believes your nonsense about a landslide. No one with a brain, that is.

        • @ KKKlastri
          Your ilk predicted Crooked hiLIARYy would have won with 400 Electoral Votes…final tally…PE Trump 304 vs hiLIARY 228..I say that was a SHOCKING REVERSE LANDSLIDE for OUR (not yours) PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP.

          “Ouch! Hillary Clinton LOST MORE ELECTORS Than Any US Politician in Last 100 Years

          Jim Hoft Dec 20th, 2016 9:57 am 156 Comments

          Democrats were hoping yesterday’s Electoral Vote would end with electors rejecting Republican Donald Trump in droves.
          hillary-death

          It didn’t work out that way.
          in fact Hillary Clinton lost more electors than Donald J. Trump.

          Trump lost two electors: One to Ron Paul and one to Governor John Kasich.
          Hillary Clinton lost Five electors.

          The Final Count:
          8 Clinton defectors
          4 WA (successful)
          1 HI (successful)
          1 MN (attempted)
          1 ME (attempted)
          1 CO (attempted)

          2 Trump defectors
          TX (successful)

          In fact Hillary Clinton lost more electors than any politician in the last 100 years.
          Not since 1912 has a candidate lost more electors.

          OH & BTW …Popular don’t count..hasn’t for 240 years…eat some HUMBLE PIE after your CROW breakfast/lunch/dinner!

          January 20, 2017 #MAGA Set your DVR!!!

        • @ KKKlastri
          Here’s another tidbit to chew on, from yesterday, the NY Post..

          “Hillary Clinton, Anthony Weiner and Tim Kaine have been named to GQ’s “Least Influential People Of 2016” list, the men’s magazine announced Thursday.

          Clinton, of course, won the popular vote in the presidential election, receiving the support of more than 65 million Americans. But the Democratic pol was honored for her status as a historic loser in the Electoral College to Donald Trump.”

          gotta go work now…Aloha

          #MAGA

        • @ hanabataDays
          Whatever rocks your boat…bottom line you’re with Crooked hiLIARy…enjoy.
          I’m on the TRUMP TRAIN.

          January 20, 2017 #MAGA

    • And every time you post, Klastri, you further validate the fact that liberal lefties are most often lying, sniveling, weak, cowardly, hypocritical POO-SAYS who have few talents beyond being able to pout, whine and scream obscenities when confronted with reality.

      We won. You lost. Get over it.

        • He’s a coward and made up a medical condition (that he subsequently couldn’t remember) to evade the draft.

          Facts are very stubborn.

        • klastri and facts have nothing in common. Even in defeat you continue with your LYING. Be gone f00l.

        • sarge22 – So you are saying that Mr. Trump did not fabricate a false medical condition to evade the draft? That’s interesting, because when he was recently asked what that medical condition was, he couldn’t remember.

          Liars need really good memories.

          The fact that you believe his lies is not at all a surprise. You’re part of his base.

  • Suspending admission of those from countries with high terrorism rates and applying a strict vetting procedure for those seeking entry in order to protect American lives is something that should have been done from the beginning. Something Obama should have done but didn’t care to do.

      • Why don’t you hide inside Vladi’s j0ckstraps since you are sooooo AFRAID of PE Trump & America’s WeThePeople? Cowards usually do that.
        But if you’re sh00ting off your lips again then never mind.

        January 20, 2017 #MAGA

        • I’m not afraid of Mr. Trump. I leave fear to the angry, failed white men; white supremacists; racists and imbeciles who voted for Mr. Trump, and who make up his pathetic base. I have a world class education, plenty of money, and I’m white – so nothing for me to fear in Trumpworld.

          I’m part of the opposition. We’re here to stand with the ACLU to throw sand into the gears of every illegal and unconstitutional thing he tries to do. Every single deportation order will be met with a demand for a courtroom trial … things like that. I’m nearing retirement, so I might as well have fun with it.

          On January 21st, Mr. Trump will receive a fast education in the meaning and reach of Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution. He will not enjoy it.

        • Narcissism is one of your better traits….at least during that moment you’re not your usual vitriolic snake tongue snipping.

          January 20, 2027 #MAGA

        • @ KKKlastri
          Being afflicted with NARCISSIM tends to blur any semblance of a reasonable discussion because in your narrow minded tunnel visionistic view “your way is the only way” and when you hear an opponent you put your big toes in your ears and start saying gobblely gook…..understand?

          Understand this…you LOST IN A LANDSLIDE!
          We WON IN A LANDSLIDE!

          January 20, 2017 #MAGA

  • A couple of months ago, Trump didn’t know what the nuclear triad was. Now, he thinks he knows enough to throw out 40 years of American nuclear policy.

      • No, it isn’t. We have a President Elect with no understanding of the 40-year international effort to reduce the stockpiles of nuclear weapons who is spouting dangerous nonsense on twitter about a new nuclear arms race. Trump is completely unprepared to be President, and his comments on nuclear weapons should frighten everyone, everyone in the world. Trump has the impulse control and emotional maturity of an 8-year old playground bully. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t know history. He skips intelligence briefings. He thinks InfoWars and the National Enquirer are respectable news organization. And he’ll soon have the unrestricted power to launch a nuclear holocaust.

  • Election time has come and gone.
    The rest of us still struggle on.
    Hope and trust are hard to find,
    the world has clearly lost its’ mind.
    Pray for Peace. Merry Christmas

  • here are the liberal ten commandments that klassless, boots, kaka, allie and all the other liberals with mental disorders around this country believe in. 1. man is evil and poisoning the earth. 2. the earth is a living organism and needs to be protected. 3. all white people are racist. 4. all people of color are good. 5. all refugees should be allowed in and given whatever they request. 6. if people make too much money, it should be taken from them. 7. government handouts have no price tag. 8. nature should be protected at all costs, unless you don’t like your gender. 9. burning the American flag is protected speech. 10. all players on the international stage have equal credibility. those are what these liberals with mental disorders stand by.

    • You are lying, of course, but that’s what you do. You just make up things from your platform of ignorance and believe that what you think is true. A fact-less life. You never write truthfully or with subject matter knowledge. Never.

      Second, don’t you think it’s odd that you think about me and write about me so often? It’s bizarre and creepy, and suggests that something is wrong with you. I never think about you. Not once, ever.

      • its not a lie that’s what’s been happening the last 8 years of Obama and as for mentioning you and the others I go by comments all of you have made like calling trump a racist so those are the facts of the liberal 10 commandments so there is nothing creepy here that all of you make up.

        • You can change the subject if you want – that’s what you do when you have been exposed as a liar or when your bizarre obsession with me has been pointed out. You are what you are.

          Rather than make up things here, it might be productive to learn English.

  • Trump spokesman tried to clean up his terrifying tweet by claiming that it didn’t say what it clearly did say. Then Trump contradicted his spokesman by doubling down on his support for a renewed nuclear arms race. The survival of the world is in the hands of a completely uninformed, impulsive idiot willing to reverse 40 years of bipartisan and international efforts to back the world away from a nuclear precipice.

  • Mr. Trump said directly that he is going to start a nuclear arms race.

    He’s obviously insane. Every person who voted for him should be deeply ashamed of what they did. His supporters put a long-malignant narcissist in the White House. It’s shocking that so many people are so ignorant and gullible.

    The statistical certainty, of course, is that one-half of the people possess below average intelligence. That half is called the Trump base.

    • I’m wondering if, in his twisted way, he thinks it’s good for business. In any kind of arms race, certain industries prosper. The defense industry, which is well-represented in his appointments, certainly thinks so. It’s noted that the stocks of lockheed martin, raytheon and northrop grumman have risen sharply.

        • To clarify, the stocks rose sharply after the election, in the apparent belief that trump would be good for the defense industry.

  • Doesn’t the U.S. already have enough nukes to blow up the world twice over? Also, I don’t believe anyone has their heads “in the sand” and are just trying to be “politically correct.” They just simply have a quality Trump doesn’t–good sense!

  • Yeah! We got more nukes than you! We can smoke anybody! … Just make sure we shoot first OK? With a well place shot, it could take out our whole system and we will be shooting duds.
    Just hope/praying we ain’t on the Eve of Destruction…

    • and yet…‘Trump Whisperer,’ Will Be Counselor to President Donald J. Trump!
      January 20, 2017 #MAGA

      ps…the sooner you get over your DEVASTATING LANDSLIDE SHELLACKING LOSS the better for you.

      • Of the last 58 Presidential elections, Trump’s margin of victory in the Electoral College ranks 46th. He lost the popular vote by the greatest margin of anyone ever to win the Electoral College — just under 3 million votes. There was NO LANDSLIDE.

      • @ KKKlastri & bs
        You both are liars and can’t read & comprehend anything. I posted FACTS earlier to you libs.
        You both LOST IN A LANDSLIDE. Your FAKE NEWS pundits predicted your Crooked hiLIARy would get as much as 400 Electoral Votes. From a predicted 400 to 227..a 173 swing..that’s a LANDSLIDE!
        Deal with it!
        You 2 can eat CROW until you realize your POTUS will be DONALD J. TRUMP. #MAGA

  • Ronald Reagan is spinning in his grave.

    At least now we know why Drumpf is so keen on reviving the coal industry:

    “Mr. President, ve must prevent ein mineshaft gap!”

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