aside U.S. President Is Fixated Over Nuclear Proliferation

donald-trump-signing-orders1485289256441There has been so many faux pas incidents initiated by the republican President Donald Trump, that it would be difficult to pin point what is the most outlandish or troublesome.

But I can tell you what is the scariest. His running commentary about the use of nukes both prior to and post his presidency is an eye popper. How his earlier discussions on this topic did not phase those who voted for him is unfathomable to me. Maybe, this is where he was not taken literally by his supporters.Image result for cartoons about trump and nuclear weapons

Pre-presidency

The republican President Donald Trump had been making statements about the state of U.S. nuclear development all along during the campaign season. Around December 22, 2016, he tweeted about how under his leadership, that he wanted to “greatly strengthen and expand the U.S. nuclear capability”.

Then the next morning, the President-elect blurted out to the MSNBC’s TV Morning Joe’s anchor Mika Brzezinski, “Let there be an arms race, because we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”Image result for cartoons about trump and nuclear weapons
As per a 1/17/17 Reuter’s report by Guy Faulconbridge and William James, “U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London. “They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” the Republican president-elect was quoted as saying by The Times. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit.”Image result for cartoons about trump and nuclear weapons

According to a 1/19/17 NBC report by Trump discussed nuclear weapons on multiple occasions during the presidential campaign, but the cavalier nature of his comments has worried some experts. His statements about nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation have often been confusing, even contradictory.”

“In his first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump told moderator Lester Holt that nuclear weapons are of paramount importance to the U.S. — but then called for more nations to join the nuclear club. He ruled out a “first strike,” but then revealed not just a willingness to use nukes but also a misunderstanding of the high-stakes balancing act the nuclear superpowers have pursued for decades.”Image result for cartoons about trump and nuclear weapons

“I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over,” Trump said, referring to the use of nuclear weapons. “At the same time, we have to be prepared. I can’t take anything off the table.”

“Many noted that Trump didn’t seem to understand that nuclear weapons aren’t fielded so they can be used in combat but because they serve a deterrent role, making U.S. adversaries understand if the U.S. would come under nuclear attack, there would be a response in kind.”Image result for cartoons about trump and nuclear weapons

“Then why are we making them? Why do we make them?” he said during a Town Hall on MSNBC during the GOP primaries in March. At the same Town Hall, however, he said, “I’d be the last one to use them.”

“Mr. Trump has said two different things about nukes,” said Kristensen. “In December (he) tweet(ed) that the arsenal needed to be increased, and this month (he said) the opposite. Hopefully his briefings this week will convince him that it is not necessary for the United States to ‘greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability,’ as he claimed in December.”

The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes

Post Presidency

The following excerpts are from a 2/24/17 Reuters report by Steve Holland:

“President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the “top of the pack,” saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity.”

“In a Reuters interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea “very easily if they want to,” ratcheting up pressure on Beijing to exert more influence to rein in Pyongyang’s increasingly bellicose actions.”Image result for cartoons about trump and nuclear weapons

“In his first comments about the U.S. nuclear arsenal since taking office on Jan. 20, Trump was asked about a December tweet in which he said the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity “until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

“Trump said in the interview he would like to see a world with no nuclear weapons but expressed concern that the United States has “fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity.”

“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.

“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 said.Image result for cartoons about trump and nuclear weapons

Status of Current U.S. Nuclear Capabilities (Source:2/24/17 Reuters report by Steve Holland)

“Russia has 7,000 warheads and the United States, 6,800, according to the Ploughshares Fund, an anti-nuclear group.”

“Russia and the U.S. 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 independent Arms Control Association non-profit group.”

“The new strategic arms limitation treaty, known as New START, between the United States and Russia requires that by February 5, 2018, both countries must limit their arsenals of strategic nuclear weapons to equal levels for 10 years.”

In short, if President Trump were to follow up on increasing US nuclear capability, it would represent a major departure from the US strategic defense policy for the past several decades.

11 comments

  1. Sounds like cheap saber-rattling rhetoric to me, it’s all part of his administration’s “deal making” with Russia, China etc. Can’t make America great again if there’s nothing left, i doubt Trump is that crazy.

    • Dear Roger,

      Let’s pray that DT’s presidency doesn’t last the entire four years because I do not want to find out the answer to your question.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. The first cartoon speaks volumes about the concerns. As a sidebar, he keeps piling on more things that will build our $20 trillion debt, even beyond the estimated $5 trillion plus increase to the debt over the next ten years, predicted by the CBO and the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget.

  3. Dear Keith,

    He would go under in any business entity with his kind of thinking.We do need to invest in our infrastructure but we also have to pay for it.

    Where are the deficit hawks?

    Ciao, Gronda

    • Gronda, as concluded by the Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction commission and validated by “Fix the Debt” and “The Concord Coalition,” we cannot cut our way out of our debt problem. Simpson-Bowles recommended two parts in cuts versus one part in revenue increases.

      Quite simply, if we cut taxes more and increase defense spending, there is no way in hell for us to reduce our debt. And, the next president will have to deal with this issue. Right now, the stock market is inflated on euphoria, but the fiddler is going to demand a heavy price once the music stops. Keith

      • Dear Keith,

        This is why I am so concerned. With DT’s plan for infrastructure investments; tax reform, increased military spending etc. because all of that means the deficit will spike up big time.

        Ciao, Gronda

        • Gronda, just today, I saw one more of his fans say because he is a business man, he will deal with the debt. They are in for a huge surprise provided they pay attention. When the numbers are reported as rising, he will just tell people don’t believe those debt increases, believe me instead. Keith

  4. DT is a menace on so many fronts it is hard to keep up with them all. My own pet peeve is his continual, unrelenting attack on the media. But I must admit, his lack of understanding of nuclear weapons, coupled with his terrible, 5-year-old brat temperament, poses the gravest immediate danger, as this one can never be reversed … I must ask once again … how in hell did this man ever get elected?????????????

    • Dear Jill,

      The thought of DT seemed far fetched to me because of a lot of his views like his worrying over how many nukes the US has.

      But it seems that his supporters didn’t care about such incidentals, and so here we are with a crazy man in the White House.

      Hugs, Gronda

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